6.8. Spatial Statistics

The purpose of this section is to introduce the Spatial Statistics toolset in ArcGIS so that researchers are aware of its existence. Since most of the same tools can be found in other statistical packages, they will not be explained here in-depth, but their geographic links will be discussed. For more information on these tools see the overview in the ArcGIS online help menu by typing “An overview of the Spatial Statistics toolbox” into the search window. Additionally, see Lee and Wong (2001) or Wong and Lee (2005) for further tool descriptions. Be aware that these texts used previous versions of ArcGIS so the tutorials are not completely compatible. Unfortunately, these are the most updated versions available.