Geospatial Health Data: Modeling and Visualization with R-INLA and Shiny

1st Edition

Paula Moraga

Chapman and Hall/CRC
November 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 282 Pages
ISBN 9780367357955 - CAT# 323292
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Biostatistics Series

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Summary

Geospatial health data are essential to inform public health and policy. These data can be used to quantify disease burden, understand geographic and temporal patterns, identify risk factors, and measure inequalities. Geospatial Health Data: Modeling and Visualization with R-INLA and Shiny describes spatial and spatio-temporal statistical methods and visualization techniques to analyze georeferenced health data in R. The book covers the following topics:

  • Manipulate and transform point, areal, and raster data,
  • Bayesian hierarchical models for disease mapping using areal and geostatistical data,
  • Fit and interpret spatial and spatio-temporal models with the Integrated Nested Laplace Approximations (INLA) and the Stochastic Partial Differential Equation (SPDE) approaches,
  • Create interactive and static visualizations such as disease maps and time plots,
  • Reproducible R Markdown reports, interactive dashboards, and Shiny web applications that facilitate the communication of insights to collaborators and policy makers.

The book features fully reproducible examples of several disease and environmental applications using real-world data such as malaria in The Gambia, cancer in Scotland and USA, and air pollution in Spain. Examples in the book focus on health applications, but the approaches covered are also applicable to other fields that use georeferenced data including epidemiology, ecology, demography or criminology. The book provides clear descriptions of the R code for data importing, manipulation, modeling and visualization, as well as the interpretation of the results. This ensures contents are fully reproducible and accessible for students, researchers and practitioners.

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