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Hierarchical Modelling of Spatial and Temporal Data Course 2


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Hierarchical Modelling of Spatial and Temporal Data Course 2

Course 2: Hierarchical modelling of spatial and temporal data.

This course will provide an overview of current ideas in statistical inference methods appropriate for analysing various types of spatially point referenced data, some of which may also vary temporally.

The course begins with an outline of the three types of spatial data: point-level (geostatistical), areal (lattice) and spatial point process, illustrated with examples from environmental pollution monitoring and epidemiological disease mapping.

Exploratory data analysis tools and traditional geostatistical modelling approaches (variogram fitting, kriging, and so forth) are described for point referenced data, along with similar presentations for areal data models. These start with choropleth maps and other displays and progress towards more formal statistical concepts, such as the conditional, intrinsic, and simultaneous autoregressive (CAR, IAR, and SAR) models so often used in conjunction with spatial disease mapping.

The heart of the course will cover hierarchical modelling for spatial response data, including Bayesian kriging and lattice modelling. More advanced issues will also be covered, such as nonstationarity (mean level depending on location) and anisotropy (spatial correlation depending on direction as well as distance). Bayesian methods will also be discussed for modelling data that are spatially misaligned (say, with one variable measured by post-code and another by census tract), since they are particularly well-suited to sorting out complex interrelationships and constraints.

The course concludes with a brief discussion of spatio-temporal and spatial survival models, both illustrated in the context of cancer control and epidemiology. Computer implementations for the models via the WinBUGS and R packages will be described throughout.

Participants are encouraged to buy the book Hierarchical Modeling and Analysis for Spatial Data, co-authored by Professor Gelfand.

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Course Dates

15th June 2017 – 16th June 2017

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Course Leader

Professor Sujit Sahu

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