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About analysis maps

A special case of thematic maps are called analysis maps. These maps depict the results of a specific (often GIS-based) analysis. Examples include maps that show the results of hot spot analyses, site suitability studies, cost-path determinations, and more.

Rather than conveying the data to the reader, the object of this type of map to to conveying the meaning of the analysis results to the reader. Like thematic maps, analysis maps are compiled with the analysis results as the primary theme of information. Ancillary information is only added to the map if it is necessary to further explain the meaning of the analysis results to provide geographic context. Often the page layouts for these maps also include additional graphics and text to explain how the analysis done; flow diagrams of the steps in the geographic analysis (e.g., Model Builder models) and graphs are typical examples.

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