Employing spatial metrics in urban land-use/land-cover mapping: Comparing the Getis and Geary indices

Soe W. Myint, Elizabeth A. Wentz, Sam J. Purkis

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We examine the potential of supplementing per-pixel classifiers with the Getis index (Gi) in comparison to the Geary's C on a subset of Ikonos imagery for urban land-use and land-cover classification. The test is pertinent considering that the Gi is generally considered more capable of identifying clusters of points with similar attributes. We quantify the impact of varying distance thresholds on the classification product and demonstrate how well the Gi identified cold and hot spots in comparison to Geary's C. The exercise also provides a rule of thumb for effectively measuring spatial association in connection to adjacency. We are able to support existing literature that measuring local variability improves classification over spectral information alone. The results, however, neither confirm nor deny the challenge on whether measuring cold and hot spots rather than just spatial association improves classification accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1403-1415
Number of pages13
JournalPhotogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computers in Earth Sciences

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