Statistical analysis of spatial point patterns by means of distance methods

P. J. Diggle, J. Besag, J. T. Gleaves

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Various distance based methods of testing for randomness in a population of spatially distributed events are described. Special emphasis is placed upon preliminary analysis in which the complete enumeration of the events within the study area is not available. Analytical progress in assessing the power of the techniques against extremes of aggregation and regularity is reviewed and the results obtained from the Monte Carlo simulation of more realistic processes are presented. It is maintained that the method of T square sampling can help to provide quick and informative results and is especially suited to large populations. Some comments on contiguous quadrat methods are made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-667
Number of pages9
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1976
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Diggle, P. J., Besag, J., & Gleaves, J. T. (1976). Statistical analysis of spatial point patterns by means of distance methods. Biometrics, 32(3), 659-667.