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CDRC Training / 12th September 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

An Introduction to Small Area Classification

This one day course will provide an introduction to small area geodemographic classification.  Participants will gain experience of:
(i) accessing 2011 Census data using the Census Support services of the UK Data Service
(ii) building a small area geodemographic system based on census data
(iii) using a geographical information system to visualise the classification.


  • To learn how to access and extract census data from the UK Data Service using InFuse (aggregate statistics) and Boundary Data Selector (small area boundary data)
  • To develop a conceptual and practical understanding of the steps needed to build a small area classification at the output area scale using PSPP
  • To understand the composition of clusters and spatially visualise the results using QGIS


9:30 Introduction to Geodemographics
10:00 Introduction to Census data sources
10:30 Practical session 1: Downloading 2011 Census data from InFuse at the Output Area Level
11:00 Coffee
11:30 Pre-processing data for area classification
12:00 Practical session 2: Pre-processing the downloaded census data using Microsoft Excel and PSPP
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Introduction to clustering methodologies
14:00 Practical session 3: Use of k-means for building a classification using PSPP
14:45 Tea
15:00 Interpretation of visualisation of clusters
15:30 Practical session 4: Mapping and understanding the clusters using QGIS
16:30 Finish


Is this course for me?:

No prior knowledge is assumed for this course other than basic IT skills.

Please contact Dr Luke Burns for further information: L.P.Burns@leeds.ac.uk

To register your interest in this course please contact Eleri Pound.


12th September 2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Leeds Institute for Data Analytics
Level 11, Worsley Building
Leeds, LS2 9JT United Kingdom