Aggregation Issues in Cognitive Mapping

R M Kitchin, A S Fotheringham

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    Cognitive mapping involves the description of the way individuals store and process geographic information. Typically, cognitive mapping data art: derived from individual responses and then analyzed in one of three ways: (1) the individual data sets are analyzed separately and only pooled for comparison (disaggregation); (2) the individual data sets are averaged and then analyzed (collective aggregation); or (3) the individual dam sets are analyzed and the results averaged (individual aggregation). This paper compares the latter two aggregation strategies for analyzing cognitive mapping data using data collected in a large-scale study of students' configurational knowledge of the city of Swansea in the United Kingdom. It is contended that the aggregation strategy adopted will have a fundamental effect upon the conclusions drawn from a study.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)269-280
    Number of pages12
    JournalProfessional Geographer
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 1997


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