[R-sig-Geo] Help with defining local spatial clustering: local.moran

Corey Sparks corey.sparks at utsa.edu
Thu Apr 22 05:03:25 CEST 2010

Hello all,
I have a question that I hope the list may be able to help with.
So I understand how the LISA application of the Local Moran statistic
works in terms of calculating local moran's I.  The thing I'm wrestling
with is how, say in GeoDA or ArcGIS, the local clusters are defined  
and mapped.  Say you
have an area that is a high-high cluster, I'm assuming that this is an
area that has a high z-score for the attribute, and a high z-score for
the lagged value of the attribute. Although the local.moran function  
will calculate the local estimate of the moran's I, but how can you go  
about mapping the type of local cluster.
  If I were to do this in R, I would
do something like:

xx <- readShapePoly(system.file("shapes/sids.shp", package="maptools") 
[1], IDvar="FIPSNO", proj4string=CRS("+proj=longlat +ellps=clrk66"))

my.moran<-function (x, listw, zero.policy = FALSE)
    wx<-lag.listw(listw, x)
     lag.z<-scale(wx, center=T, scale=T)
     dat.z<-scale(x, center=T, scale=T)
     mor.dat<-data.frame(lz=lag.z, z=dat.z)
     mor.dat$clusters[mor.dat$lz>1&mor.dat$z>1]<-"HH"   #both z scores  
are "high"
     mor.dat$clusters[mor.dat$lz< -1&mor.dat$z< -1]<-"LL"  #both z  
scores are "low"
     mor.dat$clusters[mor.dat$lz>1&mor.dat$z< -1]<-"LH"  #one z score  
high, the other low
     mor.dat$clusters[mor.dat$lz< -1&mor.dat$z>1]<-"HL"

#Where UN = unclustered, HH=high/high, HL=high/low, LH=low/high,  

   cols<-brewer.pal(5, "RdBu")

test<-my.moran(xx$rt79, lw)

plot(xx, col=test$col)

Is this effectively what geoda/arc-gis, etc that makes these cluster
plots is doing?  I know that this is not based on a randomisation
methodology, and am pretty sure i'm missing something, but i'm just  
trying to answer the rudimentary question on how the local clusters  
are defined and mapped.
Any advice would be welcomed.
Corey Sparks

Corey Sparks
Assistant Professor
Department of Demography and Organization Studies
College of Public Policy
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