Geografie 2009, 114, 105-116

Assessment of cartographic outputs: analysis of mental maps of orienteering runners

Martina Kynčlová, Tomáš Hudeček, Jan D. Bláha

Katedra aplikované geoinformatiky a kartografie Přírodovědecké fakulty Univerzity Karlovy v Praze, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

The article deals with analysis of mental maps which were obtained by questioning athletes – orienteering runners. Using the prerequisite of measurability of their sports performance, it is possible to measure the accuracy of assessment methods of mental maps. Thirty mental maps were acquired via a two-section questionnaire; they were assessed with the help of two methods – frequency measurement and determined weights and criteria. The results of the first method were visualised using software into aggregated maps which enable an overall view. The second method provides individual point of view on each athlete and their performance abilities. Comparison of both methods proves the initial hypothesis.


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