38th Congress of the European Regional Science Association: "Europe Quo Vadis? - Regional Questions at the Turn of the Century", 28 August - 1 September 1998, Vienna, Austria
Exploratory spatial data analysis continues to be an important area of research. The use and application of clustering methods for the analysis of spatially referenced data is beginning to show some promise. However, a variety of clustering methods does exist. It is essential that a better understanding of these approaches in the geographic domain be pursued in terms of data requirements, computational efficiencies and inherent biases. This paper presents an initial attempt to demonstrate strengths and weaknesses of various clustering approaches for exploratory spatial data analysis.