Jenks Natural Breaks vs Alternative Methods

Equal Counts GVF = 0.192; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.880; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.956; 1 s |
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EI |
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(Count data. "Equal Counts" very low GVF. "Natural Breaks" is best map.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.578; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.636; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.655; 1 s |
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EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.637; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.650; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.827; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.678; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.729; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.899; 8 s |
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EI |
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("Natural Breaks" best by far. Extreme rate in Kenedy County distorts map.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.749; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.663; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.766; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.811; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.814; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.858; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.851; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.884; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.904; 7 s |
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("Natural Breaks" still best. Suppressing Kenedy County improves map.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.373; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.697; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.826; 1 s |
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EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.600; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.654; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.840; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

("Natural Breaks" best by far, with or without suppression.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.776; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.749; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.863; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.786; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.862; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.891; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

("Natural Breaks" best, with or without suppression.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.331; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.900; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.974; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.329; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.811; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.985; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

(Count data. "Equal Counts" very low GVF. "Natural Breaks" is best map.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.858; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.897; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.897; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.916; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.921; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.937; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.952; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.961; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.963; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

(Very uniform data distribution. All three methods work very well.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.705; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.702; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.770; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.792; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.805; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.851; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.834; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.898; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.901; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

(Relatively uniform data distribution. "Natural Breaks" is best map.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.915; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.915; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.925; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

(Very uniform data distribution. All three methods work very well.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.817; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.873; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.883; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

(Relatively uniform data distribution. "Equal Counts" has low GVF score.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.898; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.901; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.914; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

(Very uniform data distribution. All three methods work very well.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.791; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.854; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.906; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

(Extreme value in Puerto Rico. "Natural Breaks" works best.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.386; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.863; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.942; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

(Count data. "Equal Counts" very low GVF. "Natural Breaks" is best map.)

Equal Counts GVF = 0.737; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.787; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.813; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.829; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.824; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.878; 1 s |
EC |
EI |
NB |

Equal Counts GVF = 0.876; 1 s |
Equal Intervals GVF = 0.909; 1 s |
Natural Breaks GVF = 0.921; 1 s |
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EI |
NB |

("Natural Breaks" is best map. But not big differences.)

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