A stochastic neighborhood conditional autoregressive model for spatial data

White, Gentry & Ghosh, Sujit K. (2009) A stochastic neighborhood conditional autoregressive model for spatial data. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 53(8), pp. 3033-3046.

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Abstract

A spatial process observed over a lattice or a set of irregular regions is usually modeled using a conditionally autoregressive (CAR) model. The neighborhoods within a CAR model are generally formed deterministically using the inter-distances or boundaries between the regions. An extension of CAR model is proposed in this article where the selection of the neighborhood depends on unknown parameter(s). This extension is called a Stochastic Neighborhood CAR (SNCAR) model. The resulting model shows flexibility in accurately estimating covariance structures for data generated from a variety of spatial covariance models. Specific examples are illustrated using data generated from some common spatial covariance functions as well as real data concerning radioactive contamination of the soil in Switzerland after the Chernobyl accident.

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ID Code: 68792
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.csda.2008.08.010
ISSN: 0167-9473
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > STATISTICS (010400)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > STATISTICS (010400) > Applied Statistics (010401)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 19 May 2014 23:32
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 06:32

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