A Generalized Cross-Entropy Approach for Modeling Spatially Correlated Counts
This article discusses and applies an information-theoretic framework for incorporating knowledge of the spatial structure in a sample while extracting from it information about processes resulting in count outcomes. The framework, an application of the Generalized Cross-Entropy (GCE) method of estimating count outcome models, allows researchers to incorporate such real-world features as unobserved heterogeneity—with or without spatial clustering—when modeling spatially correlated counts. The information-recovering potential of the approach is investigated using a limited set of simulations. It is then used to study the determinants of counts of homicides recorded in 343 neighborhoods in Chicago, Illinois.
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Volume (Year): 27 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4-6 ()
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