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Point Processes, Spatial-Temporal

Spatial and Temporal Modeling and Analysis

  1. Frederic Paik Schoenberg1,
  2. David R. Brillinger2,
  3. Peter Guttorp3

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vap020.pub2

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

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How to Cite

Schoenberg, F. P., Brillinger, D. R. and Guttorp, P. 2013. Point Processes, Spatial-Temporal . Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 4.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California at Los Angeles, CA, USA

  2. 2

    University of California at Berkeley, CA, USA

  3. 3

    University of Washington, WA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


A spatial–temporal point process (also called space–time or spatio-temporal point process) is a random collection of points, where each point represents the time and location of an event. Examples of events include incidence of disease, sightings or births of a species, or the occurrences of fires, earthquakes, lightning strikes, tsunamis, or volcanic eruptions. Typically the spatial locations are recorded in three spatial coordinates, e.g. longitude, latitude, and height or depth, though sometimes only one or two spatial coordinates are available or of interest.