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Message from the director

The goal of scientific research is typically to answer the question, “Why are things the way they are?”

We are often prompted to ask this question by observing that data are not randomly distributed in space but exhibit clustered patterns of highs and lows. One of the goals of SPARC is to try to uncover information on the processes that have generated these data. Why did some counties vote Republican in the last US Presidential election and why did some vote Democrat? Why are rates of heart disease so much higher in the south-eastern states of the US compared to the rest of the country? Why are crime rates higher in some parts of a city than in others? 

These questions are not easy to answer because they involve spatial dependency in data, possible spatial heterogeneity in processes, and, almost certainly, dependency on spatial scale.  However, SPARC has an internationally renowned reputation for answering these questions with expertise in geographic information science, computational spatial science, spatial statistical analysis and spatial visualization.

Please feel free to contact us with any spatial problems you might have.

– A. Stewart Fotheringham, Director of SPARC

 

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