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Automating map production of the 1981 Census data for Brighton and Hove, England

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In 1981 a full census was held in England and Wales. This paper describes how the census data was mapped for two adjacent urban areas in south east England, namely Brighton and Hove. The techniques used to transform nearly 3.2 million numbers relating to the 580 statistical areas used in the census for our area of study, into a coherent set of choropleth shaded maps and using a decile class system, are discussed and demonstrated.

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Browne, T.J., Fielding, A.J. Automating map production of the 1981 Census data for Brighton and Hove, England. The Visual Computer 3, 82–87 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02153664

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Key words

  • Computer mapping
  • Census
  • Choropleth maps
  • Class intervals