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Making a national atlas of population by computer

Rhind, D. W.; Evans, I. S.; Visvalingam, M.


D. W. Rhind

I. S. Evans

M. Visvalingam


This paper describes the conceptual and practical problems encountered and solved in producing a multi-colour atlas of population characteristics in Great Britain. The atlas itself is in A4 format; it consists of some thirty-four maps of Great Britain in four colours and the same number of regional maps, together with descriptive text. All maps were plotted on a laser plotter with a resolution of 127 microns. The paper describes how mapping of ratios, such as percentages, was found to be highly misleading and describes the novel probability mapping solution adopted, based on the signed chi-square statistic. In addition, the rationale for selecting the class intervals and for selecting colour schemes is described.


Rhind, D. W., Evans, I. S., & Visvalingam, M. (1980). Making a national atlas of population by computer. The Cartographic journal, 17(1), 3-11.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 18, 2013
Publication Date 1980-06
Deposit Date Aug 28, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal The cartographic journal
Print ISSN 0008-7041
Electronic ISSN 1743-2774
Publisher Maney Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 1
Pages 3-11
Keywords Cartography -- Data processing
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Additional Information Copy of an article published in The cartographic journal, 1980, v. 17, no.1 at:


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© The British Cartographic Society 1980

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