Splancs: Spatial point pattern analysis code in S-plus

B. S. Rowlingson, P. J. Diggle

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In recent years, Geographical Information Systems have provided researchers in many fields with facilities for mapping and analyzing spatially referenced data. Commercial systems have excellent facilities for database handling and a range of spatial operations. However, none can claim to be a rich environment for statistical analysis of spatial data. We have made some powerful enhancements to the S-Plus system to produce a tool for display and analysis of spatial point pattern data. In this paper we give a brief introduction to the S-Plus system and a detailed description of the S-Plus enhancements. We then present three worked examples: two from geomorphology and one from epidemiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-655
Number of pages29
JournalComputers and Geosciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Epidemiology
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Geomorphology
  • Software
  • Spatial statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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