A Visual Analysis of Spatial Data – Mapping in Stata

This course offers an introduction to the visual analysis of spatial data using the statistical software Stata. The course begins with an overview of the peculiar characteristics of spatial data and the implications of such for the analysis of spatial data, before moving on to discuss the concept of spatial proximity and the centrality of this particular concept to spatial data analysis. In the final session the focus moves, with the help of series of official and user written commands specifically developed for the visualization of spatial data in Stata, to the main mapping techniques implemented for the visual analysis of spatial data in Stata.


At the end of the course, participants are expected to be able to autonomously implement (with the help of the Stata routine templates specifically developed for the course) the appropriate methods, given both the nature of their spatial data and the analysis in hand, within their own research context.


In common with TStat’s training philosophy, each session of the courses is composed of both a theoretical component (in which the techniques and underlying principles behind them are explained) and an applied (hands-on) segment, during which participants have the opportunity to implement the techniques using real data under the watchful eye of the course tutor. Throughout the course, theoretical sessions are reinforced using applied case studies, in which the course tutor discusses and highlights potential pitfalls and the advantages of individual techniques.

This course is of particular interest to criminologists, social psychologists, sociologists, economists, epidemiologists and political scientists seeking to acquire the requisite tools required for the exploration and visualisation of spatial data in Stata.

A knowledge of basic statistics (distributions of variables, position indices, dispersion indices) and the statistical software Stata is advisable.


  1. General characteristics of spatial data
  2. Types of spatial objects
  3. Spatial coordinate systems
  4. Maps and shapefiles
  5. The transformation of spatial databases



  1. Spatial distance
  2. Spatial proximity matrices
  3. Spatial lags
  4. Spatial autocorrelation



  1. Visual analytics and data science
  2. Thematic maps
  3. Dot maps
  4. Graduated symbol maps
  5. Diagram maps
  6. Choropleth Maps
  7. Isarithmic Maps
  8. Multivariate Maps



  • Anthamatten, P. (2021). How to Make Maps: An Introduction to Theory and Practice of Cartography. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Lambert, N. & Zanin, C. (2020) Practical Handbook of Thematic Cartography: Principles, Methods, and Applications. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

The 2023 edition of this training course will be offered ONLINE on a part-time basis on the 24th of November from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm Central European Time (CET).

Full-time Students*: € 240.00
Ph.D. Students: € 300.00
Academic: € 340.00
Commercial: € 450.00


*To be eligible for student prices, participants must provide proof of their full-time student status for the current academic year. Our standard policy is to provide all full-time students, be they Undergraduates or Masters students, access to student participation rates. Part-time master and doctoral students who are also currently employed will however, be allocated academic status.


Fees are subject to VAT (applied at the current Italian rate of 22%). Under current EU fiscal regulations, VAT will not however applied to companies, Institutions or Universities providing a valid tax registration number.


The number of participants is limited to 8. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. The course will be officially confirmed, when at least 5 individuals are enrolled.


Course fees cover: I) teaching materials – copies of lecture slides, databases and Stata programs specifically developed for the course; ii) a temporary licence of Stata valid for 30 days from the day before the course commences.


Individuals interested in attending this training course, must return their completed registration forms by email ( to TStat by the 14th November 2023.

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This course offers an introduction to the visual analysis of spatial data using the statistical software Stata.


The 2023 edition of this training course will be offered ONLINE on a part-time basis on the 24th of November.