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GIS Cookbook: Glossary
  • Attribute - A trait or characteristic of a feature on a map. For example, attributes of a county may include its area, perimeter, name, total population, etc. Attributes can be viewed through the attribute table such as within a shapefile.
  • Attribute table - A table that is attached to a data layer that contains many characteristics of a feature on a map. The table is made of columns and rows where the columns represent values or description for different attributes and each row represents a different feature. For example, the attribute table for a layer of points that represents elementary schools may have columns labeled “number of students,” “number of teachers,” or “distance from police station,” and each row would represent a different school having values for each column.


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