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Williams, Charles M. (1974) THE ROLE OF AUTOMATIC DIGITIZERS IN DEMOGRAPHY. Technical Report CS74028-R, Computer Science, Virginia Tech.

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The incorporation of facilities for automatically digitizing maps and drawings can considerably enhance the power of the computer in demographical research. A hardware-software process is described which can rapidly, economically, and automatically digitize hard-copy maps and drawings. The resultant computer data structures are a faithful and accurate representation of both the original geometry and topology and may thus serve as a direct source of data for analysis or display. The potential uses for this system appears to be large for, though maps and drawings are of fundamental importance to demographers, their transduction into computers has historically been stymied by the problems associated with tedious, inaccurate, and incomplete manual methods.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:graphics, automatic digitizers, maps
Subjects:Computer Science > Historical Collection(Till Dec 2001)
ID Code:780
Deposited By:Administrator, Eprints
Deposited On:18 April 2006