Centre for Applied Statistics

Spatial Point Patterns - May 2017

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Short courses


2 days

Dates and Time 

  • 9 - 10 May

Course will run from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Registration will open at 8:45am on the first day.


Prof. Adrian Baddeley (Curtin University, Australia)

Assoc. Prof. Ege Rubak (Aalborg University, Denmark)


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Spatial point pattern datasets are becoming common across many fields of research. However, statistical methodology for analysing these data has not been easily accessible. This course is a practical introduction to the analysis of spatial point patterns with a strong focus on hands-on exercises throughout the course.

The course gives an in-depth introduction to spatstat, an R package for analysing spatial point patterns. The package supports a complete statistical analysis of spatial point pattern data: data input and inspection, calculations, plotting, exploratory data analysis, hypothesis tests, model-fitting, simulation, Monte Carlo methods and model diagnostics. The course will cover:

  • Basic statistical concepts used in spatial point pattern analysis
  • An overview of the capabilities of spatstat and how to find the way around
  • How to conduct a basic analysis of a point pattern dataset by:
    • Performing exploratory data analysis
    • Applying statistical summaries and nonparametric estimates
    • Fitting point process models to data (Poisson, Cox, and Gibbs point processes)
    • Running simulations and predictions from a fitted model
    • Validating a fitted model.

To obtain these outcomes the course will:

  • Begin with real examples and establish basic principles
  • Introduce relevant graphical/exploratory methods including nonparametric intensity estimation, pair correlation and Ripley's K-function
  • Demonstrate model building, model fitting, formal inference and model validation.



Participants are recommended to have the following prerequisites

  • Basic familiarity with R
  • Basic familiarity with statistical concepts
  • Please bring your own laptop, with the latest version of R and spatstat installed. Please ensure that all the `Suggested' packages for spatstat are also installed.



The first 20 paid registrations will receive a hard copy of "Spatial Point Patterns: Methodology and Applications with R" by Adrian Baddeley, Ege Rubak and Rolf Turner. All other participants will receive an ebook.    


  • $220 for UWA or Curtin PhD or Masters by Research only (no coursework) students, SSA student members (GST inclusive)
  • $700 UWA or Curtin Staff, SSA members (GST inclusive)
  • $800 for all other enrolments (GST inclusive)


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