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Unit 21 - The Raster/Vector Database Debate

  • Author(s): Unit 21, CC in GIS
  • Parson, Charles
  • Editor(s): Goodchild, Michael F.
  • Kemp, Karen K.
  • et al.

This unit specifically addresses the issue of raster versus vector by looking at the different dimensions of the debate. The importance and value of both models is stressed by comparing specific technical aspects, including coordinate precision, speed of analytical processing, mass storage requirements, and representation of phenomena with different characteristics.

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