BEST PRACTICES - SPACE-TIME DISEASE SURVEILLANCE TOOLS
The DCluster Package offers spatial cluster detection methods within R. This means data can be easily imported and translated between different spatial R packages. The focus of the DCluster package is testing methods for spatial clustering. There are no methods for space-time analysis and the documentation within R is limited for those not accustomed to R or the methods themselves. Implementation in R also means that functions can be coupled with other statistical methods in other packages and easily automated.
Selected case studies
We were unable to find examples of the Surveillance package as part of a surveillance system or space-time analysis.
Spatial cluster detection, Data exploration
Users need to be familiar with spatial cluster detection tests and the use of R statistical programming software.
Key Resource: Gomez-Rubio, V., Ferrandiz-Ferragud, J. & Lopez-Quilez, A. 2005. Detecting clusters of disease with R. Journal of Geographical Systems 7, no. 2: 189-206.