1 Reply Latest reply on May 11, 2018 7:05 AM by Simon Runc

    Jittering issue (once more) with map and colours for topic

    Agata Podvorska

      Hi all,


      apologies for posting about this topic again, but I am stuck.


      I have followed suggestions by the brilliant Sarah Battersby, and further suggestions from various threads on this forum, but I have got stuck

      I am trying to visualize a time lapse for social media post change for various topics for a specific period. I need these topics to not overlap, but I cannot see what I've done wrong with my jittering (workbook attached). Any help would be greatly appreciated.


      Thank you so much,


        • 1. Re: Jittering issue (once more) with map and colours for topic
          Simon Runc

          hi Agata,


          So you have indeed jittered your marks, but when looking at the entire planet you are too zoomed out to see them!


          If I zoom in on your USA (3 marks) ...I've also increased the size for the purposes of showing you that there are 3 marks



          In Sarah's blog she was assuming a very local view, so she only jittered the points by a few hundred meters. Taken from here Measuring accuracy of latitude and longitude? - Geographic Information Systems Stack Exchange

          here is the amount each decimal point you jitter by affects the position. When looking at the whole world, you may need a hundred km or so to see the difference.


          • The tens digit gives a position to about 1,000 kilometers. It gives us useful information about what continent or ocean we are on.
          • The units digit (one decimal degree) gives a position up to 111 kilometers (60 nautical miles, about 69 miles). It can tell us roughly what large state or country we are in.
          • The first decimal place is worth up to 11.1 km: it can distinguish the position of one large city from a neighboring large city.
          • The second decimal place is worth up to 1.1 km: it can separate one village from the next.
          • The third decimal place is worth up to 110 m: it can identify a large agricultural field or institutional campus.
          • The fourth decimal place is worth up to 11 m: it can identify a parcel of land. It is comparable to the typical accuracy of an uncorrected GPS unit with no interference.
          • The fifth decimal place is worth up to 1.1 m: it distinguish trees from each other. Accuracy to this level with commercial GPS units can only be achieved with differential correction.
          • The sixth decimal place is worth up to 0.11 m: you can use this for laying out structures in detail, for designing landscapes, building roads. It should be more than good enough for tracking movements of glaciers and rivers. This can be achieved by taking painstaking measures with GPS, such as differentially corrected GPS.
          • The seventh decimal place is worth up to 11 mm: this is good for much surveying and is near the limit of what GPS-based techniques can achieve.
          • The eighth decimal place is worth up to 1.1 mm: this is good for charting motions of tectonic plates and movements of volcanoes. Permanent, corrected, constantly-running GPS base stations might be able to achieve this level of accuracy.
          • The ninth decimal place is worth up to 110 microns: we are getting into the range of microscopy. For almost any conceivable application with earth positions, this is overkill and will be more precise than the accuracy of any surveying device.
          • Ten or more decimal places indicates a computer or calculator was used and that no attention was paid to the fact that the extra decimals are useless. Be careful, because unless you are the one reading these numbers off the device, this can indicate low quality processing!


          Hope that helps.