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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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Local estimates of spatial clustering

Local estimates of spatial clustering

Chapter:
(p.45) CHAPTER 5 Local estimates of spatial clustering
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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/9780198509882.003.0005

This chapter explores various methods by which spatial and spatio-temporal disease clusters can be identified statistically. It argues that a priori choice of cluster size can have profound effects on the results. The grave concern arises that by exploring a range of maximum cluster sizes an upper cluster size threshold can be chosen that presents a pattern of clustering best suited to support a particular argument, rather than that which best reflects reality. This may cast doubt on the validity of the numerous studies that have been reported using scan circles, and in particular those based on the spatial scan statistic.

Keywords:   spatial disease clusters, cluster size, aggregate data, point data

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