Eight (and a half) deadly sins of spatial analysis

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Biogeography is spatial by nature. Over the past 20 years, the literature related to the analysis of spatially structured data has exploded, much of it focused on a perceived problem of spatial autocorrelation and ways to deal with it. However, there are a number of other issues that permeate the biogeographical and macroecological literature that have become entangled in the spatial autocorrelation web. In this piece I discuss some of the assumptions that are often made in the analysis of spatially structured data that can lead to misunderstandings about the nature of spatial data, the methods used to analyse them, and how results can be interpreted.

Document Type: Guest Editorial

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02637.x

Affiliations: Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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