"The Problem of Spatial Autocorrelation" and Local Spatial Statistics

A. Stewart Fotheringham

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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
    Pages (from-to)398-403
    Number of pages6
    JournalGeographical Analysis
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


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