Appendix B

Online.Appendix B

Published on Wednesday, July 10, 1996 by Gideon Ariel

APPENDIX B: EXPLANATION OF CONTOUR PLOTS

The data from this study were partly displayed in the form of contour plots. This type of graph, commonly used in land elevation maps, is used to display three-dimensional information. The coordinates axes represent two of the dimensions. Here, those were the X and Y coordinates of the points. The third dimension is used to represent the value of interest as a function of the X and Y location; in this case, the error. Curves are created by connecting points of identical value. Interpolation techniques allow for these lines to have a much higher resolution than the original data. Interpretation of these graphs is similar to interpreting a land map. “Peaks” and “valleys” are displayed as closed contour lines.

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