On the accuracy of TIGER-type geocoded address data in relation to cadastral and census areal units

Jeremy Ratcliffe

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Abstract

In many applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) a common task is the conversion of addresses into grid coordinates. In many countries this is usually accomplished using address range TIGER-type files in conjunction with geocoding packages within a GIS. Improvements in GIS functionality and the storage capacity of large databases mean that the spatial investigation of data at the individual address level is now commonly performed. This process relies on the accuracy of the geocoding mechanism and this paper examines this accuracy in relation to cadastral records and census tracts. Results from a study of over 20 000 addresses in Sydney, Australia, using a TIGER-type geocoding process suggest that 5-7.5% (depending on geocoding method) of addresses may be misallocated to census tracts, and more than 50% may be given coordinates within the land parcel of a different property.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-485
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Geographical Information Science
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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