[R-sig-Geo] incorporating spatial autocorrelation (getting started)

Jeffrey Stratford stratja at auburn.edu
Sat Oct 28 21:06:39 CEST 2006

Hi.  I would like to incorporate spatial autocorreation into some
ecological models and I'm overwhelmed by the number of programs out
there and I would appreciate some advice where I can get started (and
maybe finish!).

The study: I surveyed birds along roads every 0.8 km and each point was
georeferenced.  I clipped buffers from satellite imagery to quantify the
proportion of cover around each point (radii of buffers = 90, 210, 990
m).  I submitted a paper where I linked the number of species at a point
to land use variables but this manuscript was rejected because I did not
incorporate spatial autocorrelation.  I'm unfamiliar with spatial
statistics so I'll be reading Cressie and others but I would like to
start tinkering with the data and methods. 

Many thanks,


Jeffrey A. Stratford, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
331 Funchess Hall
Department of Biological Sciences
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849
FAX 334-844-9234

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