Criterion Map

Having established a set of criteria for evaluating alternative decisions, each criterion should be represented as a map layer in the GIS database. Layers representing evaluation criteria (attributes associated with objectives) will be referred to as criterion (or attribute) maps. A criterion map represents the spatial distribution of an attribute that measures the degree to which its associated objective is achieved. Criterion maps can be classified into qualitative and quantitative criterion maps, or classified into natural-scale and constructed-scale criterion maps. The procedures for generating criterion maps overlap the process of generating a geographical database. In a sense the criterion maps can be considered as output of GIS-based data processing and analysis. They are input maps to multicriteria decision analysis.


evaluation criterion map; attribute map; thematic map; data layer

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Malczewski 1999, p.112 -114


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