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Spatial Analysis in Epidemiology$
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Dirk U. Pfeiffer, Timothy P. Robinson, Mark Stevenson, Kim B. Stevens, David J. Rogers, and Archie C. A. Clements

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198509882

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509882.001.0001

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Spatial data

Spatial data

Chapter:
(p.9) CHAPTER 2 Spatial data
Source:
Spatial Analysis in Epidemiology
Author(s):

Dirk U. Pfeiffer

Timothy P. Robinson

Mark Stevenson

Kim B. Stevens

David J. Rogers

Archie C. A. Clements

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509882.003.0002

This chapter discusses data for epidemiological studies. Topics covered include data types, data storage and interchange, data collection and management data quality, and spatial effects. The chapter argues that the integration of the spatial dimension into epidemiological investigations provides an opportunity for conducting more informative descriptive analyses and gaining additional insights into the causal processes under investigation. However, there is a cost associated with this benefit in the form of additional computer hardware, software, and training.

Keywords:   spatial data, spatial epidemiological analyses, data types, data storage, data collection, spatial effects

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