Tobler's First Law and Spatial Analysis

  title={Tobler's First Law and Spatial Analysis},
  author={Harvey J. Miller},
  journal={Annals of the Association of American Geographers},
  pages={284 - 289}
  • H. Miller
  • Published 1 June 2004
  • Law
  • Annals of the Association of American Geographers
‘‘ I invoke the first law of geography: everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things’’ (Tobler 1970). How could a sentence justifying heuristic calculations in a crude urban growth simulation generate an icon now known as Tobler’s First Law (TFL)? Why has this law resonated so strongly in geography? Waldo Tobler could invoke a first law of geography since the proposition that near things are more related seemed reasonable in 1970. It is enduring… 

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