**PHC6194 SPATIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY**

**Geographically Weighted Regression**

Yi Zheng, MPH

*Department of Epidemiology*

*College of Public Health and Health Professions & College of Medicine*

March 27, 2019

**Geographically Weighted Regression**

**Lab: GWR**

**Geographically Weighted Regression**

**Traditional Regression Models**

- If we apply a traditional regression model to spatial data, we usually assume a stationary process

- the same exposure has the same impact on the outcome in all parts of the study region

- The estimated coefficients are constant over space

- assume that the values of β are the same everywhere

y_i=\beta_0+\beta_1x_{1i}+...+\beta_nx_{ni}+\varepsilon_i

**Measured Associations Might Vary Spatially**

- Sampling variation

- Associations intrinsically different across space

- e.g. differences in attitudes, different political or other contextual effects

- Model misspecification

**Geographically Weighted Regression**

- To address the issue of spatial non-stationary directly and allow the associations to vary over space

- We can then estimate the values of β by:

- W(i) is a weight matrix specific to location i such that observations nearer to i are given greater weight than observations further away

y_i=\beta_{0(i)}+\beta_{1(i)}x_{1i}+...+\beta_{n(i)}x_{ni}+\varepsilon_i

\beta_{(i)}=(X^TW_{(i)}X)^{-1}X^TW_{(i)}Y

**A Typical Spatial Weight Function**

**Spatial Weight Functions**

- Numerous weight functions can be used

- usually use Gaussian or "Gaussian-like" functions to reflect the type of dependency found in most spatial processes

- can be either fixed or adaptive

Fixed

Adaptive

W_{ij}=e^{- {{(d_{ij}/h)^2} \over 2}}

h is the bandwidth, as it increases, the gradient of the kernel becomes less steep and more data points are incuded

W_{ij}= \{

[1-(d_{ij}^2/h^2)]^2

0

if j is one of the Nth nearest neighbors of i

otherwise

**Calibration**

- Results of GWR appear to be relatively insensitive to the choice of weighting functions

- as long as it is a continuous distance-based function

- However, the results will be sensitive to the degree of distance-decay

- Therefore, an optimal value of either h or N has to be obtained

- through minimizing a cross-validated score or the AIC

**Bandwidth Selection**

- Optimal bandwidth selection is a trade-off between bias and variance

- too small a bandwidth leads to large variance in the local estimates

- too large a bandwidth leads to large bias in the local estimates

**Output from GWR**

- Main output from GWR is a set of location-specific coefficient estimates which can be mapped and analyzed to provide information on spatial non-stationary in associations

- We can also use GWR to

- estimate local standard errors

- derive local t statistics

- calculate local goodness-of-fit measures

- perform tests to assess the significance of the spatial variation in the local parameter estimates

- perform tests to determine if the local model performs better than the global one

**Lab: GWR**

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#### PHC6194-Spring2019-Lecture10

By Hui Hu

# PHC6194-Spring2019-Lecture10

Lecture 10, Spring 2019, PHC6194 Spatial Epidemiology

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