CRAN Task View: Analysis of Spatial Data

Maintainer:Roger Bivand
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Base R includes many functions that can be used for reading, visualising, and analysing spatial data. The focus in this view is on "geographical" spatial data, where observations can be identified with geographical locations, and where additional information about these locations may be retrieved if the location is recorded with care. Base R functions are complemented by contributed packages, some of which are on CRAN, and others are still in development. One active location is R-Forge , which lists "Spatial Data and Statistics" projects in its project tree . Information on R-spatial packages, especially sp is posted on the R-Forge rspatial project website , including a visualisation gallery. Active development of sp is continuing on sp.

The contributed packages address two broad areas: moving spatial data into and out of R, and analysing spatial data in R.

The R-SIG-Geo mailing-list is a good place to begin for obtaining help and discussing questions about both accessing data, and analysing it. The mailing list is a good place to search for information about relevant courses. Further information about courses may be found under the "Events" tab of this blog .

There are a number of contributed tutorials and introductions; a recent one is Introduction to visualising spatial data in R by Robin Lovelace and James Cheshire.

The packages in this view can be roughly structured into the following topics. If you think that some package is missing from the list, please let me know.

CRAN packages:

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