A Census Tract Exercise in Local Geography

John Fraser Hart

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This exercise has been used successfully by more than a thousand students is an introductory college course, and it probably could be equally successful with high school students. Census tract data are used in a simulated research project. Quality of housing in the dependent variable (whose distribution we wish to “explain”), with owner-occupancy and age of housing as independent (or “explanatory”) variables. The distribution of the three variables is compared visually (by maps) and statistically (by scattergrams). A regression line is placed on the better scattergram, and residual values are mapped to provide a basis for the formulation of better working hypotheses. © 1972 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-339
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Geography
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1972


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