[R] a question about spatial autocorrelation in R

Roger Bivand Roger.Bivand at nhh.no
Mon May 14 12:10:12 CEST 2007

On Mon, 14 May 2007 smarchesi at arpa.emr.it wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am currently facing a problem related to the spatial autocorrelation of 
> a sample of stations; these stations supply weekly data for a fixed 
> time-window during the year (namely, 4-6 months per year).

Could I suggest that you read the relevant parts of Collecting Spatial 
Data by Werner G. Müller, 3rd edition 2007? Given your second question, 
the book's treatment of experimental design is probably relevant. 

Once you've found a suitable approach, perhaps R-sig-geo would be a more 
focussed list to go forward to see if suitable functions are available?


> For this reason I'm trying to use the R package 'spdep' (specifically 
> Moran's I) in order to get rid of it.
> Does anyone know how is it possible (if it is...) to estimate the spatial 
> autocorrelation of this kind of data ? In other words, in the examples I 
> could only see applications of Moran's I related to a "time-independent" 
> distribution of data from any sample of stations.
> Another question's coming up right now: if I change the sample of stations 
> for a future development, is there the chance to get an estimation of the 
> degree of spatial autocorrelation, given only the geographical location of 
> the sampling points ?
> Thanks a lot for the attention !!!
> Stef
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Roger Bivand
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