Spatiotemporal Disease Mapping

Authored by: Andrew B. Lawson , Jungsoon Choi

Handbook of Spatial Epidemiology

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781482253016
eBook ISBN: 9781482253023
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As in other application areas, it is possible to consider the analysis of disease maps that have an associated temporal dimension. The two most common formats for observations are

Georeferenced case events that have associated with them a time of diagnosis or registration or onset; that is, we observe within a fixed time period J and fixed spatial window W m cases at locations {si, ti }, i = 1,…, m.

Counts of cases of disease within tracts that are available for a sequence of J time periods; that is, we observe a binning of case events within m × J space–time units: yij, i = 1,…, m, j = 1,…, J.

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