1008GEOSTATS: The definition of Statistics.
- Sep 30, 1998In response to:
">>To answer Justin's question, I would say geostatistics is a subset of
>>spatial statistics. The latter consists of anymodels that explicitly
>>recognize spatial location in theirconstruction, a very broad definition
>>that includes a lot ofdifferent types of models.
>Thus, multi-regional mathematicalprogramming models (clearly spatial)
>would also be"statistical" in this definition. My view has always
>been thatspatial statistics was one area within the broader arena
>of spatialanalysis that covers both statistical and non-statistical
>spatial models.Or are we working with a new, global definition of
>"statistics?" "All models have either an implicit or explicit error structure, whereerror is defined as the difference between the model predictionand the "true" value. Additionally, many data snooping methodologieswithin the field of Statistics need to be applied to data supplied toa model. Also, diagnostic checking, as defined within the field ofStatistics, is required for any model which uses data. Thus allmodels which use data fall within the realm of the field of Statistics.
With this definition of "Statistics" the statement is true.