Adaptations for finding irregularly shaped disease clusters

  title={Adaptations for finding irregularly shaped disease clusters},
  author={N. Yiannakoulias and Rhonda J. Rosychuk and John Hodgson},
  journal={International Journal of Health Geographics},
  pages={28 - 28}
BACKGROUND Recent adaptations of the spatial scan approach to detecting disease clusters have addressed the problem of finding clusters that occur in non-compact and non-circular shapes--such as along roads or river networks. Some of these approaches may have difficulty defining cluster boundaries precisely, and tend to over-fit data with very irregular (and implausible) clusters shapes. RESULTS & DISCUSSION We describe two simple adaptations to these approaches that can be used to improve… CONTINUE READING