On parameter estimation and goodness-of-fit testing for spatial point patterns

P. J. Diggle

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The paper discusses the objectives of spatial point pattern analysis, with particular reference to the distinction between mapped and sampled data. For the former case, available models are reviewed briefly, the role of preliminary testing is discussed and a procedure for fitting a parametric model is outlined. A simulation study of several tests of spatial randomness is intended to provide some insight into the suitability for model-fitting of various summary descriptions of a mapped pattern. Two examples illustrate the use of statistical techniques. Some problem areas which merit further investigation are identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-101
Number of pages15
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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