[R] Bayesian Block Kriging?

Paul Hiemstra p.hiemstra at geo.uu.nl
Thu Feb 18 11:50:44 CET 2010

Hi Candan,

As a more general remark, there is a mailing list for spatial data, 
including interpolation, r-sig-geo. This question would be more 
appropriate there. I gave some answers in-line below from what I could 
come up with. Reposting on r-sig-geo would be  a good idea to get more 


Candan Soykan wrote:
> Hello,
>     I'm interested in doing Bayesian kriging using R.  I see that the 
> package geoR has a function that will allow one to do this 
> (krige.bayes).  However, my data are not in the form of points, but 
> rather they are blocks that represent spatial averages (i.e., the 
> number of fishing hooks per month in a given lat x long square).  I am 
> therefore interested in treating the data as spatial blocks, rather 
> than points.  I see that package gstat has a function that will allow 
> one to do block kriging (krige).  However, I cannot find a function 
> that will allow me to do both, Bayesian and block kriging at the same 
> time.  My questions are:
> 1) Can the function "krige.bayes" be made to accommodate data in areal 
> form (rather than point data)? or
possibly, I've never used krige.bayes
> 2) Does the function "krige" allow for Bayesian inference (i.e., 
> priors, posteriors)? or
to my knowledge, no
> 3) Is there another package that can do both? or
I think not
> 4) Is there a method for combining functions to do what I would like 
> to do?
write a new function that combines both things you want (you question is 
a bit vague)
> A response to any and/or all of these questions would be greatly 
> appreciated.  Thank you in advance.
> Candan Soykan
> candan.soykan at noaa.gov
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