Natural Scale

Natural scales are those that have been established and enjoy common usage and interpretation. These scales are sometimes referred to as objective or external scales, because no value judgment is needed in constructing natural scales. For example, if an objective is to maximize spatial accessibility, the attribute “distance in kilometers” is a natural attribute. For the objective “minimize loss of animal species,” a natural attribute is “number of animal species per acre of forest.”

Synonyms

objective scale; external scale

Source Of Description

Malczewski 1999, p.115

Parent Categories

Measurement Scale

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Keith Reynolds

Last Updated

2008-06-06T00:00:00Z ^^ http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#dateTime

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