Applied Spatial Statistics for Public Health Data

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 29, 2004 - Mathematics - 520 pages
While mapped data provide a common ground for discussions between the public, the media, regulatory agencies, and public health researchers, the analysis of spatially referenced data has experienced a phenomenal growth over the last two decades, thanks in part to the development of geographical information systems (GISs). This is the first thorough overview to integrate spatial statistics with data management and the display capabilities of GIS. It describes methods for assessing the likelihood of observed patterns and quantifying the link between exposures and outcomes in spatially correlated data.
This introductory text is designed to serve as both an introduction for the novice and a reference for practitioners in the field
Requires only minimal background in public health and only some knowledge of statistics through multiple regression
Touches upon some advanced topics, such as random effects, hierarchical models and spatial point processes, but does not require prior exposure
Includes lavish use of figures/illustrations throughout the volume as well as analyses of several data sets (in the form of "data breaks")
Exercises based on data analyses reinforce concepts

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1 Introduction
2 Analyzing Public Health Data
3 Spatial Data
4 Visualizing Spatial Data
5 Analysis of Spatial Point Patterns
6 Spatial Clusters of Health Events Point Data for Cases and Controls
7 Spatial Clustering of Health Events Regional Count Data
8 Spatial Exposure Data
9 Linking Spatial Exposure Data to Health Events
Author Index
Subject Index

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LANCE A. WALLER, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his PhD in Operations Research in 1992 from Cornell University. Dr. Waller was named Student Government Professor of the Year in 2003 by the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
CAROL A. GOTWAY, PhD, is a mathematical statistician for the National Center for Environmental Health and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Emory University. She received her PhD in Statistics from Iowa State University in 1989. Dr. Gotway was awarded a Distinguished Achievement Medal by the American Statistical Association's Section on Statistics and the Environment for her contributions to environmental statistics and is also a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

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