Grade levels of data on a map by using eSpatial Heat Mapping Software.

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eSpatial allows you to create two types of heat map. On the left is a typical heat map showing intensities based on data points. On the right, a regional heat map that uses color to suggest level of data per geographic regions (.e.g states).

Reveal data intensities

A heat map is a map that uses colors and shades to reveal levels of data occurrence in a geographic area. eSpatial allows you to convert your data into heat maps in just a few clicks.

Color and shades

heat mapA common example of a heat map would be a population map. High levels of population could be expressed by a dark shade, whereas low levels may be expressed by lighter shades. What colors or shades you use on heat maps depends on the data being expressed.

eSpatial heat maps

You can simply and easily turn plotted data into an ordinary heat map via a styling button or, alternatively, create a regional heat map (which will summarize data per region), using the Analyze Data button. The two types of map are visualized at the top of this page.

Plot other data on heat maps

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A heat map can be particularly helpful when used as a basemap on which you place other data. For example, let’s say you run a chain of retirement homes across the US. A useful map to create would be one showing percentage of retired people per state (this is census information, which eSpatial provides free-of-charge through its built-in datastore). You can overlay this regional heat map with your own data – perhaps the number of retirement homes you operate per state. By doing this, you can quickly spot opportunities for expansion. You may also use this type of map to attract investors or report to stakeholders. eSpatial makes it easy to export, print and share maps.

Heat-map or color-coded map?

The difference between a regional heat map and a color-coded map is that the former is used for showing levels of similar data occurrence, while the latter simply defines different variables in different regions (levels of occurrence are not expressed). You can make a color-coded map using the heat map analysis tool in eSpatial by manually assigning colors to each geographic region that appears on the map. However, an easier way to achieve the same result is by linking to boundaries, which you can do when you use eSpatial upload data wizard.



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