Skill Drill: Creating a Map of the Results

You should be familiar with the steps needed to create a map layout of your results. Design a map for use as a figure in a report or summary. Ideally, the map should be designed at a size of approximately 6 or 7 inches wide. Include a north arrow, a scale bar, and a legend. The map should include the results of your density surface model. Zoom into an area that displays several hot spots around the city of Los Angeles. Label the cities containing hotspots and surrounding areas. If your hot spots land in unincorporated regions, just label the surrounding incorporated cities. Be sure to label the City of Los Angeles, even if it does not contain hot spots. Include the point data and the city boundaries. You may change your color ramp to one that best communicates your final results. When your map layout is complete, export the map as a PNG file with a resolution of 300dpi. Save the file in your final folder.

An image of a map layout for LA crime
In this map, the color ramp used was Cold to Hot Diverging. The density surface was left out of the legend as the results are most visual and self-explanatory. Descriptive text may be added to the figure caption to explain the results further.