Proceedings of the Korean Association of Geographic Inforamtion Studies Conference (한국GIS학회:학술대회논문집)Korea Spatial Information Society (대한공간정보학회)
Census data are usually provided at an aggregated level. However, the aggregated data are essentially arbitrary geographical areas. The areal units used to report census data have no natural or meaningful geographical identity. Unfortunately, this means that analyses of these area aggregations may be conditional upon the set of zones, which are presented. This effect is known as the modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP) and has two related aspects. First, scale effect is the variation in numerical results that occurs due to the number of zones used in an analysis. Second, results may also differ between different ways of aggregating exactly the same data to the same scale; this may be called the aggregation effect (Openshaw, 1984). This study aims to provide a practical tool for the study of MAUP. I have created a set of 91 areal units based on 280 basic units in Nonhyun-2 dong to solve zoning problem and scale problem. We can easily recognize the importance of areal classification as statistics were different according to areal classification.