[R-sig-Geo] SaTScan in R

lancelot renaud.lancelot at cirad.fr
Fri Dec 3 20:37:08 CET 2010

Le 03/12/2010 18:57, Barry Rowlingson a écrit :
> On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 8:25 AM, Kitty Lee<lee.kitty at yahoo.com>
> wrote:
>> I'm wondering is there a package in R that has similar functions as
>> SaTscan? In particular, I'm looking for space-time cluster
>> detection. The D-cluster package doesn't appear to have a function
>> for space-time detection (please correct me if I'm wrong).
>> Any ideas would be highly appreciated!
> SaTScan (TM) seems to be a Java GUI on a whole bunch of scan
> statistics devised by Kulldorff. Running RSiteSearch("kulldorff")
> doesn't find any implementations of space-time scan statistics in R.
> So I'm thinking not.
> But it would be a heck of a great project to start. SaTScan (TM) is
> closed source, but has a fairly permissive license (it allows
> redistribution). I thought it would be able to produce pretty maps
> like on its web page, but that appears to be misleading - one would
> have to load the output data into a GIS (or R) for mapping.
> Also, don't forget that SaTScan(TM) is trademarked to Kulldorff so
> you have to say (TM) every time you mention it. All the methods are
> published, so reimplementations of them should not be covered by
> trademark, patent, copyright problems (oh, I'm not a lawyer...).
> So basically, the answer is no, but if Kulldorff reads this, how
> about opening the source?

That would be great! I feel we miss these methods in the current 
implementation of R packages for spatial epidemiology.

All the best,


> Barry
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