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Allocating households to TAZ's

May 21 2008 | 0 comments

I have a dbf file which has a household id and the zone in which the household is located in. The problem here is I do not have any spatial reference to the households. I have a map file indicating the zones. I want to place the households belonging to a zone into that particular zone such that the households are distributed randomly in that zone. Can anyone help me with this?

Mapping Center Answer:

This will be a two-step process. The first step is for you to use a geocoding process to assign each of the households to the centroid (or point) associated with the zone.  This will create an output feature class which will stack a bunch of coincident points.  One solution to this problem is described in one of the blogs we wrote last year: "Displaying Coincident Points".  There are also a couple of options available on ArcScripts - search under the keywords "coincident points" - but they won't distribute the points randomly. 

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