Spatial statistics is one of the fastest growing fields in statistics, with lots of cool applications (like the onboard device that will land a plane based on recorded data about any given airport, rendering obsolete existing capital-intensive land-based guidance systems). Learn more about the foundations of geospatial statistics in David Unwin’s online course “Spatial Statistics (with GIS),” November 12–December 10 at statistics.com. Upcoming courses: Oct 29: Financial Risk Modeling Oct 29: Interactive Data Visualization Nov 5: Cluster Analysis Nov 12: Spatial Statistics (with GIS) – (see below) Dec 17: Spatial Analysis Techniques in R “Spatial Statistics with GIS” includes practical work with GIS software, and covers the spatial analytical methods that GIS users need to make best use of both their spatial data and their GIS, and answer such questions as: - Is there an unusual cluster of crimes/cases of a disease here that we need to worry about? - Do these data show variation across the country that I need to know about? - What is the air temperature here most likely to be? Dr. David Unwin , until his retirement in 2002, was Professor of Geography at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he retains an Emeritus Chair in the subject. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Geomatic Engineering at University College, also in the University of London. His work using and developing spatial statistics in research stretches back some 40 years, and he has authored over a hundred academic papers in the field, together with a series of texts, of which the most recent are his “Geographic Information Analysis, 2nd edition” (with D. O'Sullivan, 2010) and a series of edited collections at the interface between geography and computer science in “Visualization in GIS” (Hearnshaw and Unwin, 1994), “Spatial Analytical Perspectives on GIS” (Fischer, Scholten and Unwin, 1996) “Virtual Reality in Geography” (Fisher and Unwin, 2002) and, most recently representation issues in “Re-presenting GIS” (Fisher and Unwin, 2005). Having developed the world's first wholly internet-delivered Master's program in GIS in 1998, David Unwin has considerable experience of teaching and tutoring online. Participants can ask questions and exchange comments directly with Dr. Unwin via a private discussion board during the course. Details: http://www.statistics.com/ourcourses/geostatistics/ The course takes place online at statistics.com in a series of 4 weekly lessons and assignments, and requires about 15 hours/week. Participate at your own convenience; there are not set times when you are required to be online. You may leave the list at any time by sending the command SIGNOFF allstat to [log in to unmask], leaving the subject line blank.