Applied Spatial Statistics
Spatial data arise when information is collected on units that reside in different locations. Common examples include geology, criminology & epidemiology, where the goal may be to identify patterning or clusters (‘hot spots’) in the outcomes across the terrain being examined. In the social sciences, a similar set of questions & techniques are required, for example in studies of homelessness, poverty, environmental justice, & education. However, spatial data present a novel set of exploratory & modeling challenges, given the unique way in which outcomes are related (correlated) with each other through proximity. This course is an overview of the methods needed to analyze data for which it is suspected that the spatial component plays an important role.
- Old Course Number: E10.2015