Advanced Level Services

The GIA Core provides advice on how to incorporate advanced spatial analysis techniques into social science research. The development of advanced spatial analysis in the past two decades has generated numerous innovative methods, such as spatial econometrics, geographically weighted regression, geostatistics, and Bayesian spatial hierarchical modeling. These techniques have been widely used in many disciplines (e.g., epidemiology); however, by contrast, there is a lag in adopting advanced spatial analysis in the social sciences. The GIA Core is experienced in integrating a spatial perspective into social science research. For example, a recent funded project requires the GIA Core to analyze the spatial pattern of cancer care in the Appalachian region.

Developing new spatial analytic methods is also one of the GIA Core’s capacities at this level.