The extracted vector ArcGIS files were imported into IDRISI using the software specific format to import ERSI shapefiles. During the process the projection system was changed to Universe Transverse Mercator 10n. Then all file the social consideration, parks and the Prince George locality were converted to raster using RASTERVECTOR. As there was no template to copy spatial perametres from, I chose to define the parametres myself. I used INITIAL to define the projection as UTM 10n with a map unit of 1m and then by working out the difference between the maximum and minimum x and y coordinates I entered the number of columns as 4575 and the number of rows as 4000. This defined the size of the raster coverage. To be able to use the Prince George Raster coverage in Decision Wizard, CONVERT was used to change the raster from integer to binary. I then began the Decision Wizard. A new Decision Wizard file was created and its objective set to 'location'. Prince George binary raster coverage was added as the constraint. Then the factor distance rasters were entered as factors and then standardized them using FUZZY. All images were standardized using a sigmoidal monotonically decreasing suitability range. I chose this as elderly patient's ability to walk to a facility decreases directly with an increase in distance. The high priority social consideration factor images were created using the control points c at 500and d at 6000. This meant a suitable area for a care home would be within 0.5 km of high priority social considerations. Unfortuantly I lost the disk containing my data so I cannot present a factor image for a high priority social consideration. The factor images were then combined in a multi criteria evaluation. The factor images were assembled into one map image within the contraint of Prince George. Source.


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