# Dot Distribution versus Graduated Symbols versus Proportional Symbol Maps

## Dot Distribution versus Graduated Symbols versus Proportional Symbol Maps

What’s the contrast between dot distribution, graduated symbol, and corresponding symbol maps?

All three types of maps represent quantities using dots (but it doesn’t have to dot).

While speck dissemination maps utilize various spots to speak to the amount, graduated and corresponding image maps alter the size of a solitary dab dependent on the amount.

Cartographers regularly consider graduated image maps and relative image maps reciprocally. Be that as it may, in ArcMap, they are two different kinds of maps.

## proportional symbol maps

The main idea behind proportional symbol maps is that a bigger image signifies “more” of something in an area.

## For instance:

In a population proportional symbol map, New York will have a larger dot than San Francisco because it has a larger population. And this is also true for a graduated symbol map.

In any case, how corresponding image maps are not quite the same as graduated image maps is that symbology is unclassed. As it were, the corresponding image maps scales dots with absolute magnitude.

For instance, this proportional scale map shows county population:

In ArcMap, you just set the size of the littlest image. From that point, every image is scaled upwards mirroring the amount.

In the event that you use Flannery Compensation, it modifies image sizes to make up for perusers thought little of view of the size of circular symbols.

Like relative image maps, graduated image maps scale the size of images relative to the amount of incentive in that area. On the off chance that it’s a polygon, at that point it’s most probable the centroid for that area.

While relative image maps scale images with an outright size, graduated image maps isolates amounts into classes. It makes classes using data classification techniques like equivalent interim, quantile, and characteristic breaks.

For instance, this graduated symbol map has a populace in 4 separate classes. What’s more, every one of these classes has a particular size spot contingent upon where the county population falls in.

An advantage of graduated symbol maps over choropleth maps is that the size of the geographic component doesn’t make a difference. At the point when you conceal by shading, individuals will, in general, give more consideration to larger features. Regularly the case, smaller features can get overlooked.

And don’t forget that the symbol doesn’t have to be a dot or square. In general, it’s easier to compare circles and squares compared to other symbols.

## Dot Distribution Maps (Dot Density Maps)

Dot distribution maps (or dot-density maps) portray an amount for a given region by filling it in with little dabs. Since each speck speaks to an amount, you can expect that amount each time you see that dot on the map.

Instead of larger symbols meaning “more” of something like in the previous two maps, dot distribution maps shows “more” dots. For example, here is a dot distribution map for US census tracts where each dot is 50,000 people.

If the county doesn’t contact 50,000 peoples, at that point, the district doesn’t get a dot at all. Consequently, finding the base an incentive in a dab dissemination map is critical.

One of the advantages of dot density maps is that it’s hard to remove amounts from it. For graduated images or corresponding images, it’s anything but difficult to assess esteem dependent on the size of the image. Yet, for speck thickness maps, it’s monotonous to check little estimated dots for a large quantity.

## Dot Distribution versus Graduated Symbols versus Proportional Symbol Maps

All three types of maps represent quantities using dots. But it doesn’t have to be dotted.

Graduated symbol maps and proportional symbol maps scale the size of the symbol based on value.

But gradual symbols put each value into a class and scales it based on that “bin”.

Dot distribution maps are different because they just add more dots instead of scaling them larger.