Originally published in 1985, the book provided the first account of the new integrated approaches to the analysis of categorical data designed specifically to meet the needs of the geographer and the environmental scientist. It is intended to be the logical sequel to the type of multivariate statistics course that most researchers in those fields will have encountered. As such, it is much more comprehensive in scope than other texts in the field.
The book contains more than 40 empiric illustrations (from oil exploration to transport planning in cities), which are designed to form an integrated part of the text. These serve to link the theory to the practice of geographical and environmental science research.