[PAST EVENT] CGA Visiting Lecture: Dr. Dan Griffith, "Spatial Autocorrelation is Everywhere"

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Blow Memorial Hall, Room 201
262 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Visiting lecture from Dr. Dan Griffith, Ashbel Smith Professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, at The University of Texas - Dallas. "Spatial Autocorrelation is Everywhere"
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Join the Center for Geospatial Analysis in welcoming Dr. Dan Griffith to campus. A reception at 6:00 pm will precede Dr. Griffith's lecture at 6:30 pm, entitled "Spatial Autocorrelation is Everywhere."

Spatial Autocorrelation is the tendency of similar objects in a map to cluster together or repel each other (e.g., human settlements, economic growth, natural landscape features). Spatial autocorrelation (also referred to as spatial dependence) is a statistical formalization of Waldo Tobler's so-called 'first law of geography' everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things". This principle more loosely defined (in terms of what is meant by 'related' and 'distant') can help to explain and predict the majority of the spatial patterns found in the world, and has critical implications for any quantitative modeling that uses geographically explicit data. Dr. Griffith illustrates this idea and its applications in various cases and scenarios that include disease spread, voting patterns, invasive plan species, housing prices, computer games, among other examples.
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