How to standardize your data

  1. Go to the "Data" menu choose "Standardize," or choose "Standardize" from the menu that appears when you right click on a data set in the project window.

  2. Select a standardization method.

  3. The standardized variables can be saved over the original set or into a new data set.

    1. If you choose to overwrite the data set, it overwrites the BoundarySeer data set, not the source file.

    2. If you choose to overwrite the data set, the data cannot be transformed back to their original state. In that case, if you wanted to use the original data set again, you would need to reimport it.

    3. If you choose to save the standardized variables in a new set, enter a name or accept the default choice. The default name begins with the data set name plus "Std" for standardized.

  4. Hit "OK" to standardize the data.

After standardization, all variables will have the same weight during analyses (i.e., all variables are treated as equally important contributors to the boundary). In addition, you may decide to weight the data based on your knowledge of the relative importance of the variables.

Please note: when you standardize your data and save the data over the original data set, BoundarySeer will not update the maps, charts and tables referencing the data set in your project. Thus, if you query a map, it will show the pre-standardized information, which may be misleading. To view an updated map, chart, or table, delete the old one and create a new one using the standardized data set.

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