Adjusting Moran's I for population density

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Abstract

I derive two new statistics, Ipop and Ipop*, that adjust Moran's I to study clustering of disease cases in areas (for example, counties) with different, known population densities. A simulation of Lyme disease in Georgia suggests that these new statistics can be more powerful than those currently in use. This is because they consider both spatial pattern and non-binomial variance in rates as evidence supporting disease clusters.

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  • Neal Oden

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