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Methods for Preferential Sampling in Geostatistics

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 11:00 to 12:00
Daniel Dinsdale, UBC Statistics Ph.D. student
Statistics Seminar
Room 4192, Earth Sciences Building (2207 Main Mall)

Preferential sampling in geostatistics refers to the instance in which the process that determines the sampling locations may depend on the spatial process that is being modelled. If ignored, this dependency can result in biased parameter estimates and may affect the resulting spatial prediction. Recent research on correcting for preferential sampling bias has been limited to stationary sampling locations, such as air-quality monitoring sites. We propose a flexible framework for inference on preferentially sampled fields, which can be used to expand preferential sampling methodology to the case in which the preferentially sampled locations are obtained from a process moving in space and time. An example of such data, the preferential sampling of ocean temperature by tagged marine mammals, is presented.