# Cartesian coordinates

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## Definition Edit

**Cartesian coordinates** (also called **rectangular coordinates**) refers to

“ | the use of two- or three-dimensional coordinates representing the location of a point in relation to an x, y, z set of axes that are at right angles to one another. . . . This representation is based on René Descartes’ conception of geometry and is the basis of the familiar x, y graphs used for print displays of data points.^{[1]}
| ” |

## References Edit

- ↑ Georeferencing: The Geographic Associations of Information, Glossary, at 227.