Mixtures and Latent Structure in Spatial Epidemiology

Authored by: Md. Monir Hossain , Andrew B. Lawson

Handbook of Spatial Epidemiology

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

Print ISBN: 9781482253016
eBook ISBN: 9781482253023
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Latent structure models are regarded as an effective tool in disease mapping for modeling the heterogeneity or discontinuity in risk surface. They provide a convenient framework in which homogeneous areas can be grouped together into clusters for discrimination of risk levels. While the applications of these models in spatial epidemiology are emerging, the wider use is hampered mainly because of limited software implementations in commonly used statistical software such as SAS or STATA.

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