RE: AI-GEOSTATS: spatial sampling
- "Errors" from a sufficiently large dataset will be normal even if the parent
distribution is not normal (Stat. for Experimenters, Box et al). This is
the essence of CLT. However, as you hinted, if the autocorrelation is not
take care of, then the two subsets will have different properties.
Rajive Ganguli, Ph.D., P.E., C.O.I
Associate Professor of Mining Engineering
University of Alaska Fairbanks
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than illumination." - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
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> Subject: AI-GEOSTATS: spatial sampling
> Please help me settle an argument with my co-author (and if I'm
> wrong, I'll
> graciously admit it!).
> We are talking about a regression analysis of land cover on a bunch of
> geophysical and socioeconomic variables (topography, distance to roads,
> market access, etc.). The objective is to get reliable estimates for beta
> (or the average influence of each of the independent variables on the
> dependent variable, land cover), irrespective of the spatial
> To reduce spatial autocorrelation, we have been drawing regular spatial
> samples, i.e., with a 5x5 pixel window, up to a 50x50 pixel window.
> First of all, due to the central limit theorem, if we have an adequately
> large sample size given the data, two samples of differing window size
> should yield the same betas and std errors, correct (assuming sampling has
> effectively filtered spatial autocorrelation, which it may or may not)? I
> think the central limit theorem is the justification for this assertion.
> Secondly, it should be empirically testable what the ideal
> sampling distance
> should be (using a semivariogram or the like) for this given data set?
> I would love to hear the list's perspectives on this issue.
> - Darla Munroe
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