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This introductory module shows you how to use spreadsheets (yes spreadsheets!) as a super useful sandbox tool for geospatial applications and spatial engineering.
We’re going to look at the role they can plan in that space between the back of a napkin and production level coding or commercial software. Between field notes and commercial software. When reverse engineering what a product’s doing. For some surprisingly deep levels of data analysis. And / or to help bring your analyses and algorithms to life in more efficient and typically more error free ways.
Here’s a little more on what this is all about …
This is just one tool in your sandbox environment, but the goal here is to build a foundation on which you might want to do everything from quickly analyzing some data, to prototyping an even-pretty sophisticated least squares adjustment or Kalman filtering algorithm – to name just a few examples.
Everything you find here applies to either Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets (with minor differences that we’ll outline for you as we go).
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This is the example we’ll be using throughout the lessons below (it’s the same one we use in the Browser-based coding as a sandbox tool module):

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The instruction in this module can be carried out with either:

For our purposes it doesn’t really matter which you choose.

So pick one and carry on!

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