The application of prototype point processes for the summary and description of California wildfires


Correspondence to: Frederic Paik Schoenberg, 8142 Math-Science Building, Department of Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095–1554, USA.


A method for summarizing repeated realizations of a space-time marked point process, known as prototyping, is discussed and applied to catalogues of wildfires in California. Prototype summaries are constructed for varying time intervals using California wildfire data from 1990 to 2006. Previous work on prototypes for temporal and space-time point processes is extended here to include methods for computing prototypes with marks and the incorporation of prototype summaries into hierarchical clustering algorithms, the latter of which is used to delineate fire seasons in California. Other results include summaries of patterns in the spatial-temporal distribution of wildfires within each wildfire season.