"The problem of spatial autocorrelation" and local spatial statistics

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This article examines the relationship between spatial dependency and spatial heterogeneity, two properties unique to spatial data. The property of spatial dependence has led to a large body of research into spatial autocorrelation and also, largely independently, into geostatistics. The property of spatial heterogeneity has led to a growing awareness of the limitation of global statistics and the value of local statistics and local statistical models. The article concludes with a discussion of how the two properties can be accommodated within the same modelling framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-403
Number of pages6
JournalGeographical Analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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