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How complex can a land suitability map be?

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On a land suitability assessment map that is derived from an overlay of n parent maps, each bearing k land capability categories, how many permutations of land suitability ratings can there be when the rating scores are calculated by the commonly used rating and weighting method (RAW method)? In the present paper, we estimate that this number is between [image omitted]   .
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Keywords: Land capability; Land suitability score; Map complexity; Overlaid maps

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA 2: Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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