Smoothed Relative Density of Pairs of Covariate Values

Given a point pattern and two spatial covariates $Z_1$ and $Z_2$, construct a smooth estimate of the relative risk of the pair $(Z_1,Z_2)$.

models, spatial
rho2hat(object, cov1, cov2, ..., method=c("ratio", "reweight"))
A point pattern (object of class "ppp"), a quadrature scheme (object of class "quad") or a fitted point process model (object of class "ppm").
The two covariates. Each argument is either a function(x,y) or a pixel image (object of class "im") providing the values of the covariate at any location, or one of the strings "x" or "y"
Additional arguments passed to density.ppp to smooth the scatterplots.
Character string determining the smoothing method. See Details.

This is a bivariate version of rhohat. If object is a point pattern, this command produces a smoothed version of the scatterplot of the values of the covariates cov1 and cov2 observed at the points of the point pattern.

If object is a fitted point process model, suppose X is the original data point pattern to which the model was fitted. Then this command assumes X is a realisation of a Poisson point process with intensity function of the form $$\lambda(u) = \rho(Z_1(u), Z_2(u)) \kappa(u)$$ where $\kappa(u)$ is the intensity of the fitted model object, and $\rho(z_1,z_2)$ is a function to be estimated. The algorithm computes a smooth estimate of the function $\rho$.

The method determines how the density estimates will be combined to obtain an estimate of $\rho(z_1, z_2)$:

  • Ifmethod="ratio", then$\rho(z_1, z_2)$is estimated by the ratio of two density estimates. The numerator is a (rescaled) density estimate obtained by smoothing the points$(Z_1(y_i), Z_2(y_i))$obtained by evaluating the two covariate$Z_1, Z_2$at the data points$y_i$. The denominator is a density estimate of the reference distribution of$(Z_1,Z_2)$.
  • Ifmethod="reweight", then$\rho(z_1, z_2)$is estimated by applying density estimation to the points$(Z_1(y_i), Z_2(y_i))$obtained by evaluating the two covariate$Z_1, Z_2$at the data points$y_i$, with weights inversely proportional to the reference density of$(Z_1,Z_2)$.


  • A pixel image (object of class "im"). Also belongs to the special class "rho2hat" which has a plot method.


Baddeley, A., Chang, Y.-M., Song, Y. and Turner, R. (2012) Nonparametric estimation of the dependence of a point process on spatial covariates. Statistics and Its Interface, in press.

See Also

rhohat, methods.rho2hat

  • rho2hat
  plot(rho2hat(bei, elev, grad))
  fit <- ppm(bei, ~polynom(elev, 3), covariates=bei.extra)
  plot(rho2hat(fit, elev, grad))
  plot(rho2hat(fit, elev, grad, method="reweight"))
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