Advanced Spatial Analysis

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PSU 2011 June 19–June 24, 2011: State College, PA

Spatial Regression Modeling

The goal of this five-day workshop, led by Paul R. Voss (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Katherine Curtis (University of Wisconsin-Madison) is to provide an overview of applied spatial regression analysis (spatial econometrics). This course will introduce the broader field of spatial data analysis and the range of issues that generally must be dealt with when analyzing georeferenced data. Census-type data are among the most commonly encountered data that conform to this description, although the course acknowledges the wider range of data appropriate for spatial regression analysis.

This workshop will address the following questions:

  • how does spatial autocorrelation arise?
  • how is it measured and understood?
  • how does it relate to issues of spatial heterogeneity and spatial dependence?
  • how should it inform the specification and estimation of regression models?

The course is structured around a combined lecture format (mornings) and computing lab exercises (afternoons). Although we will use mapping software, the focus of the course is on spatial analysis, not geographic information systems (GIS). Software emphasis will be given to GeoDa and R for exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) and spatial regression modeling. Some acquaintance with this software is helpful but is not a prerequisite. Prerequisites for maximizing learning in this course are a solid grounding in standard multivariate regression techniques and a minimal level of comfort with matrix notation and algebra.

Laptop Requirement

View the Technical Information Page for requirements for laptops with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and 7.


Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the GIS Population Science Training Program in Advanced Spatial Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University.

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