CRAN Task View: Analysis of Spatial Data
|Maintainer:||Roger Bivand, Jakub Nowosad|
|Contact:||Roger.Bivand at nhh.no, nowosad.jakub at gmail.com|
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|Citation:||Roger Bivand, Jakub Nowosad (2023). CRAN Task View: Analysis of Spatial Data. Version 2023-12-01. URL https://CRAN.R-project.org/view=Spatial.|
|Installation:||The packages from this task view can be installed automatically using the ctv package. For example, |
ctv::install.views("Spatial", coreOnly = TRUE) installs all the core packages or
ctv::update.views("Spatial") installs all packages that are not yet installed and up-to-date. See the CRAN Task View Initiative for more details.
Base R includes many functions that can be used for reading, visualising, and analysing spatial data. The focus in this view is on “geographical” spatial data, where observations can be identified with geographical locations, and where additional information about these locations may be retrieved if the location is recorded with care.
Base R functions are complemented by contributed packages provided as source packages, and as ready-to-run binary packages for Windows and macOS (Intel 64-bit and Apple Silicon arm64 architectures). Information about source installs of packages using software external to R may be found at the end of this page. This task view covers the current status of contributed packages available from CRAN.
The contributed packages address two broad areas: moving spatial data into and out of R including coordinate transformation, and analysing spatial data in R. Because the contributed packages constitute an evolving ecosystem, there are several points of entry for users looking for help and information. Two informal organisations curate websites: r-spatial with a hyphen, and rspatial without. R-spatial is more generally geo-informatics based, grew from the legacy sp package and is now clearly aligned with the modern sf and stars packages. Rspatial has grown from the raster package, now moving towards the modern terra package. It is also worth noting the wealth of online book projects, which may be helpful for users seeking an introduction, including Geocomputation with R.
Specific questions or issues may be raised where
packageDescription(<pkg>)$BugReports returns an URL for bug reports or issues (where
<pkg> is the name of the package as a string), or directly with package maintainers by email. Use may also be made of the R-SIG-Geo mailing-list after subscription, or of Stack Overflow with appropriate tags, or of Stack Exchange. Using the
#rspatial tag on Twitter and Mastodon may also be worth trying, or browsing traffic using that tag (among others).
The packages in this view can be roughly structured into the following topics. If you think that some package is missing from the list, please e-mail the maintainer or submit an issue or pull request in the GitHub repository linked above.
Many of the packages for handling and analysing spatial data use shared classes to reduce duplication of effort. Up until 2016, the sp package provided shared classes for spatial vector and raster data, but the representations used preceded more modern and efficient international standards for spatial vector data. From the release of sf, these modern vector representations are to be preferred. For spatial raster data, the representations proposed in stars and terra suit overlapping but slightly different requirements. Conversion between objects of classes defined by sf, stars, terra and the legacy sp packages are available, and are described in Conversions between different spatial classes in R.
Complementary initiatives are ongoing to support better handling of geographic metadata in R.
Spatial data - general
- sf is a CRAN package for spatial vector data, and is being actively developed here: sf, providing Simple Features for R, in compliance with the OGC Simple Feature standard. The development of the package was supported by the R Consortium. It provides simple features access for vector data, and as such is a modern implementation and standardization of parts of the legacy sp package. sf is documented in an R Journal article. sf uses the PROJ, GEOS and GDAL external software libraries, which must be available for source installs together with other external software libraries that they in turn depend on.
- stars is being actively developed here: stars, and was supported by the R Consortium; it provides for spatiotemporal data in the form of dense arrays. It supercedes the spacetime package, which extended the shared classes defined in sp for spatio-temporal data (see Spatio-Temporal Data in R ). stars uses PROJ and GDAL through sf.
- The vapour and gdalraster packages offer low-level access to GDAL functionality for R packages.
- The spatstat contains classes suited to the analysis of point patterns, and may be coerced to and from
"stars" and other spatial classes.
- terra is a re-implementation of raster functionality, linking directly to PROJ, GDAL and GEOS, and introducing new S4 classes for raster and vector data. See the manual and tutorials to get started. terra is very similar to the raster package; but terra is simpler, better, and faster.
- stars provides for spatiotemporal data in the form of dense arrays, with space and time being array dimensions. Examples include socio-economic or demographic data, environmental variables monitored at fixed stations, time series of satellite images with multiple spectral bands, spatial simulations, and climate model results.
- The gdalcubes package also provides classes for data cubes, including proxy data cubes, it links to PROJ, GDAL and NetCDF4.
- geometa provides classes and methods to write geographic metadata following the ISO and OGC metadata standards (ISO 19115, 19110, 19119) and export it as XML (ISO 19139) for later publication into metadata catalogues. Reversely, geometa provides a way to read ISO 19139 metadata into R. The package extends sf to provide GML (ISO 19136) representation of geometries. geometa is under active development on Github: geometa.
- ncdf4 provides read and write functions for handling metadata (CF conventions) in the self-described NetCDF format.
- CFtime encapsulates the CF time coordinate and allows to deal with the different CF calendars
Reading and writing spatial data
Spatial data is most often represented by one of two data models, vector or raster, and both models have many of their own file formats. GDAL (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library) is a (non-R) library that provides a unified way to read and write hundreds of spatial data formats. Formats supported by GDAL include both OGC standard data formats (e.g., GeoPackage) and proprietary formats (e.g., ESRI Shapefile). GDAL is used by a large number of GIS software and also many R packages, such as sf, terra, and vapour. This allows us to read and write spatial data in R from and to various spatial file formats. Important note: CRAN offers binary versions of packages sf, terra, and vapour for Windows and macOS, that contain specific GDAL version with a subset of possible data source drivers. If other drivers are needed, you need to either use other conversion utilities or install these packages from the source against a version of GDAL with the required drivers.
In the past, rgdal and raster (through rgdal) were recommended for reading and writing of spatial data in R. However, due to the retirement of rgdal on 16 October 2023 new projects should not use it, and existing projects should implement migration to the packages mentioned in the previous paragraph. In addition, rgeos and maptools were archived at the same time. Further details and links may be found in project reports on the evolution project. From October 2023, sp only uses methods from sf in place of those from rgdal for projection and access to the underlying definitions of coordinate reference systems.
Reading and writing spatial data - data formats
Other packages provide facilities to read and write spatial data, dealing with open standard formats or proprietary formats.
- Well-Known Text (WKT) / Well-Known Binary (WKB): These standards are part of the OGC Simple Feature specification. Both WKT/WKB formats are supported by the sf package that implements the whole OGC Simple Feature specification in R. Additionally, wk and wkutils may be used to parse well-known binary and well-known text representation of geometries to and from R-native formats.
- GeoJSON: An rOpenSci blog entry describes a GeoJSON-centred approach to reading GeoJSON and WKT data. The entry lists geojson, and geojsonio, among others. The GeoJSON format can also be read and write with sf, terra, and vapour.
- Geographic Markup Language (GML): GML format can be read and written with sf. Additional GML native reader and writer is provided by geometa model with bindings to the sf classes, for extension of geographic metadata with GML data and metadata elements (GML 3.2.1 and 3.3) and interfacing OGC web-services in ows4R package.
- NetCDF files: NetCDF files can be read and write with ncdf4 or RNetCDF. Additionally, both terra and stars have capabilities for reading and writing NetCDF files.
- LAS / LAX: These file formats are designed to work with lidar point cloud data and can be read/write with lidR or rLiDAR.
Proprietary Data Formats
- ESRI formats: Many of spatial data saved into ESRI file formats can be read with GDAL, and thus also with sf, terra, and vapour. Additionally, shapefiles reads and writes ESRI ArcGIS/ArcView shapefiles. Additionally, maps (with mapdata and mapproj) provides a legacy tool to access to the same kinds of geographical databases as S.
- Others: The gmt package gives a simple interface between GMT map-making software and R.
Reading and writing spatial data - GIS Software connectors
- PostGIS: The rpostgis package provides additional functions to the RPostgreSQL package to interface R with a ‘PostGIS’-enabled database, as well as convenient wrappers to common ‘PostgreSQL’ queries. It is documented in an R Journal article. sf also provides an R interface to PostGIS, for both reading and writing, through GDAL.
- GRASS GIS: Integration with version 7.* and 8.* of the leading open source GIS, GRASS GIS, is provided in CRAN package rgrass, which uses terra for file transfer.
- SAGA GIS: RSAGA and Rsagacmd offer shell-based wrapper for SAGA GIS commands.
- QGIS: QGIS version 2 was supported by RQGIS (RQGIS). Using QGIS processing algorithms is currently supported by qgisprocess, which uses the standalone ‘qgis_process’ command-line utility from QGIS (use recent QGIS versions; may work since >= 3.16). Both native QGIS and third-party (plugin) processing providers are supported, i.e. GRASS, SAGA, GDAL, …
- WhiteboxTools: whitebox is an R frontend for the WhiteboxTools software.
- ArcGIS: RPyGeo is a wrapper for Python access to the ArcGIS GeoProcessor. The ESRI company also offers their own package (r-bridge) that allows transferring data from ArcGIS to R.
- Various GIS Software, including Orfeo ToolBox and SAGA GIS, can also be connected to R using link2GI.
Interfaces to Spatial Web-Services
Some R packages focused on providing interfaces to web-services and web tools in support of spatial data management. Here follows a first tentative (non-exhaustive) list:
- ows4R is a package that intends to provide an R interface to OGC standard Web-Services. It is in active development at ows4R and currently support interfaces to the Web Feature Service (WFS) for vector data access, with binding to the sf package, and the Catalogue Service (CSW) for geographic metadata discovery and management (including transactions), with binding to the geometa package.
- geosapi is an R client for the GeoServer REST API, an open source implementation used widely for serving spatial data.
- geonapi provides an interface to the GeoNetwork legacy API, an open source catalogue for managing geographic metadata.
- rgee is an Earth Engine client library for R. All of the ‘Earth Engine’ API classes, modules, and functions are made available. Additional functions implemented include importing (exporting) of Earth Engine spatial objects, extraction of time series, interactive map display, assets management interface, and metadata display.
Specific geospatial data sources of interest
- rnaturalearth package facilitates interaction with Natural Earth map data. It includes functions to download a wealth of Natural Earth vector and raster data, including cultural (e.g., country boundaries, airports, roads, railroads) and physical (e.g., coastline, lakes, glaciated areas) datasets.
- Historical country boundaries (1886-today) can be obtained from the cshapes.
- marmap package is designed for downloading, plotting, and manipulating bathymetric and topographic data in R. It allows to query the ETOPO1 bathymetry and topography database hosted by the NOAA, use simple latitude-longitude-depth data in ascii format, and take advantage of the advanced plotting tools available in R to build publication-quality bathymetric maps (see the PLOS paper).
- tidycensus provides access to US Census Bureau data in a tidy format, including the option to bind the data spatially on import.
- tigris provides access to cartographic elements provided by the US Census Bureau TIGER, including cartographic boundaries, roads, and water.
- rgbif package is used to access Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) occurrence data
- geonames is an interface to the www.geonames.org service.
- osmdata is an R package for accessing relatively small datasets from OpenStreetMap (OSM), delivered via the Overpass API. osmextract matches, downloads, converts, and reads OpenStreetMap data covering large areas, obtained from Geofabrik and other providers.
- OpenStreetMap gives access to open street map raster images.
- giscoR provides access to spatial elements provided by GISCO - Eurostat, including boundary files of countries, NUTS regions, municipalities, and other spatial objects.
- chilemapas provides access to spatial data of political and administrative divisions of Chile.
- The former
geobr package provided easy access to official spatial data sets of Brazil for multiple geographies and years.
- geouy loads and process geographic information for Uruguay.
- RCzechia downloads spatial boundary files of administrative regions and other spatial objects of the Czech Republic.
- rgugik allows to search and retrieve data from Polish Head Office of Geodesy and Cartography (“GUGiK”).
- mapSpain downloads spatial boundary files of administrative regions and other spatial objects of Spain.
- mapme.biodiversity allows to download and process a number open datasets related to biodiversity conservation providing efficient routines and parallelization options. Datasets include among others the Global Forest Watch, ESA/Copernicus Landcover, Worldclim and NASA FIRMS.
- rstac provides functions to access, search and download spacetime earth observation data via SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog. This package supports the version 1.0.0 (and older) of the STAC specification.
Handling spatial data
Data processing - general
- sf provides an interface to spatial geometry functions using the GEOS and S2 libraries; S2 is bundled in the s2 package which sf methods use for topological predicates and operations on spherical or elliptical coordinates by default.
- stars contains tools for manipulating raster and vector data cubes.
- terra package introduces many GIS methods for spatial vector and raster data.
- The gdalUtils (see https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-sig-geo/2022-April/028953.html) and gdalUtilities packages provide wrappers for the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL) Utilities.
- The geos high-performance bindings to the GEOS library, based on libgeos; the latter bundles a frozen copy of GEOS, and does not link to system versions, which may possibly be different versions of GEOS.
- gdistance, provides functions to calculate distances and routes on geographic grids. geosphere permits computations of distance and area to be carried out on spatial data in geographical coordinates. cshapes package provides functions for calculating distance matrices (see Mapping and Measuring Country Shapes).
- magclass offers a data class for increased interoperability working with spatial-temporal data together with corresponding functions and methods (conversions, basic calculations and basic data manipulation).
- The trip package extends spatial classes to permit the accessing and manipulating of spatial data for animal tracking.
- sf has a built-in functions st_is_valid to check whether an sf geometry is valid and st_make_valid to fix invalid geometry (from GEOS 3.8).
- lwgeom may also be used to facilitate handling and reporting of topology errors and geometry validity issues in sf objects.
Data processing - specific
- The landsat package with accompanying JSS paper provides tools for exploring and developing correction tools for remote sensing data.
- The areal package can be used to interpolate overlapping but incongruent polygons, also known as areal weighted interpolation.
- The qualmap package can be used to digitize qualitative GIS data.
- The exactextractr for fast and accurate summary of raster values on polygonal areas (known as zonal statistics).
- The sits is an end-to-end toolkit for land use and land cover classification using big Earth observation data, based on machine learning methods applied to satellite image data cubes.
- spsurvey provides functions to select generalized random-tessellation stratified (GRTS) probability samples and analyze survey data.
- Spbsampling allows selecting probability samples well spread over the population of interest, in any dimension and using any distance function.
- spatialsample is a member of the tidymodels family of packages and contains functions and classes for spatial resampling to use with rsample.
- MBHdesign provides spatially survey balanced designs using the quasi-random number method.
- SpotSampling contains three methods for spatial and temporal sampling.
Visualizing spatial data
Base visualization packages
- Packages such as sf, stars, terra, and rasterVis provide basic visualization methods through the generic plot function.
- classInt package provides functions for choosing class intervals for thematic cartography.
- Currently, the grDevices package (included with the R installation) contains a large number of color palettes that can be accessed with the hcl.colors and palette.colors functions; see also New features in this blog. Some of these color palettes can be also retrieved using separate packages, such as RColorBrewer, viridis, or rcartocolor.
Thematic cartography packages
- tmap package accepts most spatial data classes and provides a modern basis for thematic mapping using a Grammar of Graphics syntax. It also allows for interactive spatial data mapping.
- mapsf package allows various cartographic representations such as proportional symbols, choropleth, or typology maps; it accepts sf (sf) and SpatRaster (terra) objects
- ggplot2 package has a built-in support for sf objects with the geom_sf function and additional support for stars object is available through the geom_stars function available in the stars package. Its spatial visualization capabilities can be further extended with ggspatial, which adds support for more spatial classes (including classes from the raster package), allows adding north arrows and scale bars, etc.
- The mapmisc package is a minimal, light-weight set of tools for producing nice-looking maps in R, with support for map projections.
- Additional processing and mapping functions are available in PBSmapping package; PBSmodelling provides modelling support. In addition, GEOmap provides mapping facilities directed to meet the needs of geologists and uses the geomapdata package.
Packages based on web-mapping frameworks
- mapview and leaflet packages provide methods to view spatial objects interactively, usually on a web mapping base. Additionally, tmap has a view mode that allows for interactive spatial data mapping.
- RgoogleMaps package for accessing Google Maps(TM) may be useful if the user wishes to place a map backdrop behind other displays.
- ggmap may be used for spatial visualization with Google Maps and OpenStreetMap; ggsn provides north arrows and scales for such maps.
- mapedit provides an R shiny widget based on leaflet for editing or creating sf geometries.
- cartogram package allows for constructions of a continuous area cartogram by a rubber sheet distortion algorithm, non-contiguous area cartograms, and non-overlapping circles cartogram.
- geogrid package turns polygons into rectangular or hexagonal cartograms.
- micromap package provides linked micromaps using ggplot2.
- recmap package provides rectangular cartograms with rectangle sizes reflecting for example population.
- geogrid turns spatial polygons into regular or hexagonal grids. statebins provides a simple binning approach to US states.
Analyzing spatial data
The division of spatial statistics into three partly overlapping areas: point pattern analysis, geostatistics and the analysis of areal/lattice data, is widely accepted. However, areal data analysis can be split into disease mapping and spatial regression (also partly overlapping). In addition, ecological analyses often approach spatial data in particular ways, giving rise to a specific topical cluster of packages. All of these approaches to analysing spatial data treat the spatial relationships between observations as a way of exploring and making use of important sources of information about the observations over and above what is known when assuming that they are independent of each other.
Point pattern analysis
Point pattern analysis examines the distance relationships between observed points, where the set of observations is expected to encompass all such entities in the study area.
- spatstat is a family of R packages for analysing spatial point pattern data (and other kinds of spatial data). It has extensive capabilities for exploratory analysis, statistical modelling, simulation and statistical inference. It allows freedom in defining the region(s) of interest, and makes extensions to marked processes and spatial covariates. Its strengths are model-fitting and simulation, and it has a useful homepage; it is actively developed. It is the only package that will enable the user to fit inhomogeneous point process models with interpoint interactions.
- The splancs package allows point data to be analysed within a polygonal region of interest, and covers many methods, including 2D kernel densities.
- The spatial package is a recommended package shipped with base R, and contains several core functions, including an implementation of Khat by its author, Prof. Ripley.
- The spatgraphs package provides graphs, graph visualisation and graph based summaries to be used with spatial point pattern analysis.
- The smacpod package provides various statistical methods for analyzing case-control point data. The methods available closely follow those in chapter 6 of Applied Spatial Statistics for Public Health Data by Waller and Gotway (2004).
- ecespa provides wrappers, functions and data for spatial point pattern analysis, used in the book on Spatial Ecology of the ECESPA/AEET. The functions for binning points on grids in
- ads may also be of interest. The ads package performs first- and second-order multi-scale analyses derived from Ripley’s K-function.
- The dbmss package allows simple computation of a full set of spatial statistic functions of distance, including classical ones (Ripley’s K and others) and more recent ones used by spatial economists (Duranton and Overman’s Kd, Marcon and Puech’s M). It relies on spatstat for core calculation.
Geostatistics uses a model fitted using the distances between observations to interpolate values observed at point to unobserved points
- The gstat package provides a wide range of functions for univariate and multivariate geostatistics, also for larger datasets.
- geoR contains functions for model-based geostatistics.
- Variogram diagnostics may be carried out with vardiag.
- Automated interpolation using gstat is available in automap.
- This family of packages is supplemented by intamap with procedures for automated interpolation.
- A similar wide range of functions is to be found in the fields package, extended by LatticeKrig for large spatial datasets and autoFRK.
- The spatial package is shipped with base R, and contains several core geostatistical functions.
- The spBayes package fits Gaussian univariate and multivariate models with MCMC.
- ramps is a different Bayesian geostatistical modelling package.
- The geospt package contains some geostatistical and radial basis functions, including prediction and cross validation. Besides, it includes functions for the design of optimal spatial sampling networks based on geostatistical modelling.
- The FRK package is a tool for spatial/spatio-temporal modelling and prediction with large datasets. The approach, discussed in Cressie and Johannesson (2008), decomposes the field, and hence the covariance function, using a fixed set of n basis functions, where n is typically much smaller than the number of data points (or polygons) m.
- SpatialExtremes proposes several approaches for spatial extremes.
- In addition, geospt provides alternative approaches to geostatistical modelling.
- The spTimer package is able to fit, spatially predict and temporally forecast large amounts of space-time data using  Bayesian Gaussian Process (GP) Models,  Bayesian Auto-Regressive (AR) Models, and  Bayesian Gaussian Predictive Processes (GPP) based AR Models.
- The rtop package provides functions for the geostatistical interpolation of data with irregular spatial support such as runoff related data or data from administrative units.
- The SpatialTools package has an emphasis on kriging, and provides functions for prediction and simulation. It is extended by ExceedanceTools, which provides tools for constructing confidence regions for exceedance regions and contour lines.
- The gear package implements common geostatistical methods in a clean, straightforward, efficient manner, and is said to be a quasi reboot of SpatialTools.
- The sperrorest package implements spatial error estimation and permutation-based spatial variable importance using different spatial cross-validation and spatial block bootstrap methods, used by mlr3spatiotempcv.
- The sgeostat package is also available. Within the same general topical area are the deldir package for triangulation and the interp package for spline interpolation; the MBA package provides scattered data interpolation with multilevel B-splines.
- In addition, there are the spatialCovariance package, which supports the computation of spatial covariance matrices for data on rectangles, the regress package building in part on spatialCovariance, and the tgp package.
- The archived
Stem package provided for the estimation of the parameters of a spatio-temporal model using the EM algorithm, and the estimation of the parameter standard errors using a spatio-temporal parametric bootstrap.
- The SSN2 is for geostatistical modeling for data on stream networks, including models based on in-stream distance. Models are created using moving average constructions. Spatial linear models, including covariates, can be fit with ML or REML. Mapping and other graphical functions are supported.
- The ipdw provides functions to interpolate georeferenced point data via Inverse Path Distance Weighting. Useful for coastal marine applications where barriers in the landscape preclude interpolation with Euclidean distances.
- sptotal uses Finite Population Block Kriging (FPBK) to provide a prediction for a quantity of interest, most commonly a population total or a prediction of total abundance, on a finite number of spatial sites.
- spmodel fits statistical models to geostatistical and areal spatial data using a variety of covariance structures. Additional functionality allows for prediction (Kriging), non-spatial random effects, anisotropy, and big data.
Disease mapping and areal data analysis
Both point pattern analysis and geostatistics enter into disease mapping, which is concerned with representing public health information over space and time in a communicative and responsible way. Estimation is important to present calculated rates that are comparable both in terms of levels and uncertainty.
- DCluster is a package for the detection of spatial clusters of diseases. It is complemented by DClusterm for model-based cluster detection, and by rflexscan and FlexScan, two implementations of flexible scan statistics.
- DCluster extends and depends on the spdep package, which provides basic functions for building neighbour lists and spatial weights.
- spdep also provides global and local tests for spatial autocorrelation, including join-count tests, Moran’s I, Geary’s C, Getis-Ord G and others.
- rgeoda is a wrapper for GeoDa and provides efficient alternatives for calculating global and local tests for spatial autocorrelation.
- Some functions for fitting spatial regression models, such as SAR and CAR models are in spatialreg, see below.
- The SpatialEpi package provides implementations of cluster detection and disease mapping functions, including Bayesian cluster detection, and supports strata.
- The smerc package provides statistical methods for the analysis of data areal data, with a focus on cluster detection.
- A Markov Random Field
"mrf" effect may be added to models in the mgcv package shipped with base R, providing flexible modelling tools in a recommended package.
- The hglm package also provides SAR and CAR model fitting approaches.
- Regionalization of polygon objects is no longer provided by archived
AMOEBA: a function to calculate spatial clusters using the Getis-Ord local statistic. It searched for irregular clusters (ecotopes) on a map.
skater() in spdep does not interpose a local statistic, being based on distance between features in attribute space, and polygon contiguity.
- The seg, divseg and OasisR packages provide functions for measuring spatial segregation; OasisR includes Monte Carlo simulations to test the indices.
- The lctools package provides researchers and educators with easy-to-learn user friendly tools for calculating key spatial statistics and to apply simple as well as advanced methods of spatial analysis in real data. These include: Local Pearson and Geographically Weighted Pearson Correlation Coefficients, Spatial Inequality Measures (Gini, Spatial Gini, LQ, Focal LQ), Spatial Autocorrelation (Global and Local Moran’s I), several Geographically Weighted Regression techniques and other Spatial Analysis tools (other geographically weighted statistics). This package also contains functions for measuring the significance of each statistic calculated, mainly based on Monte Carlo simulations. The
- sparr package provides another approach to relative risks.
- The CARBayes package implements Bayesian hierarchical spatial areal unit models. In such models, the spatial correlation is modelled by a set of random effects, which are assigned a conditional autoregressive (CAR) prior distribution. Examples of the models included are the BYM model as well as a recently developed localised spatial smoothing model.
- The spaMM package fits spatial GLMMs, using the Matern correlation function as the basic model for spatial random effects.
- The PReMiuM package is for profile regression, which is a Dirichlet process Bayesian clustering model; it provides a spatial CAR term that can be included in the fixed effects (which are global, ie. non-cluster specific, parameters) to account for any spatial correlation in the residuals.
- Spatial survival analysis is provided by the spBayesSurv package: Bayesian Modeling and Analysis of Spatially Correlated Survival Data.
- The spselect package provides modelling functions based on forward stepwise regression, incremental forward stagewise regression, least angle regression (LARS), and lasso models for selecting the spatial scale of covariates in regression models.
- Spatial microsimulation is offered by rakeR, sms, synthACS permits the building and running of spatially explicit agent-based models.
- The geostan package has GLMs, SAR, proper CAR, ICAR, and eigenvector spatial filter (ESF) models for Bayesian disease mapping and spatial regression. The package uses the Stan modeling language for MCMC analysis. The package also contains exploratory spatial analysis tools (Moran scatter plot and various measures of spatial autocorrelation) and measurement error models designed for the use of (noisy) survey estimates as covariates.
Many packages providing functions for fitting spatial regression models have already been given as they are used in disease mapping. In this subsection, more attention is given to the subset of methods used in spatial econometrics, and so complements general econometric methods covered in the Econometrics Task View.
- The choice of function for spatial regression will depend on the support available. If the data are characterised by point support and the spatial process is continuous, geostatistical methods may be used, or functions in the nlme package.
- If the support is areal, and the spatial process is not being treated as continuous, functions provided in the spatialreg package may be used. This package can also be seen as providing spatial econometrics functions. spdep provides the full range of local indicators of spatial association, such as local Moran’s I and diagnostic tools for fitted linear models, including Lagrange Multiplier tests. Spatial regression models that can be fitted using maximum likelihood and Bayesian MCMC methods in spatialreg include spatial lag models, spatial error models, two parameter models, their Durbin variants and SLX models. For larger data sets, sparse matrix techniques can be used for maximum likelihood fits. In spatialreg, the
SpatialFiltering functions provide Moran Eigenvector model fitting, as do more modern functions in the spmoran package.
- When using the generalized method of moments (GMM), sphet can be used to accommodate both autocorrelation and heteroskedasticity, also with instrumental variables.
- The splm package provides methods for fitting spatial panel data by maximum likelihood and GM.
- The spsur package provides functions to test and estimate spatial seemingly unrelated regression models (spatial SUR) by maximum likelihood and three-stage least squares.
- The two small archived packages
spanel provide alternative implementations without most of the facilities of splm.
- The former
HSAR package provides Hierarchical Spatial Autoregressive Models (HSAR), based on a Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm.
- spatialprobit (archived) makes possible Bayesian estimation of the spatial autoregressive probit model (SAR probit model).
- The ProbitSpatial package provides methods for fitting Binomial spatial probit models to larger data sets; spatial autoregressive (SAR) and spatial error (SEM) probit models are included.
- The starma package provides functions to identify, estimate and diagnose a Space-Time AutoRegressive Moving Average (STARMA) model.
- varycoef and spBayes provide implementations of spatially varying coefficient (SVC) models, which may be preferred to geographically weighted regression (GWR) models as having proper statistical foundations.
- The gwrr package fits geographically weighted regression (GWR) models and has tools to diagnose and remediate collinearity in the GWR models. It also fits geographically weighted ridge regression (GWRR) and geographically weighted lasso (GWL) models. The GWmodel package contains functions for computing geographically weighted (GW) models. Specifically, basic, robust, local ridge, heteroskedastic, mixed, multiscale, generalised and space-time GWR; GW summary statistics, GW PCA and GW discriminant analysis; associated tests and diagnostics; and options for a range of distance metrics.
There are many packages for analysing ecological and environmental data. They include:
- ade4 for exploratory and Euclidean methods in the environmental sciences, the adehabitat family of packages for the analysis of habitat selection by animals (adehabitatHR, adehabitatHS, adehabitatLT, and adehabitatMA)
- pastecs for the regulation, decomposition and analysis of space-time series
- vegan for ordination methods and other useful functions for community and vegetation ecologists, and many other functions in other contributed packages. One such is tripEstimation, basing on the classes provided by trip.
- ncf provides a range of spatial nonparametric covariance functions.
- The spind package provides functions for spatial methods based on generalized estimating equations (GEE) and wavelet-revised methods (WRM), functions for scaling by wavelet multiresolution regression (WMRR), conducting multi-model inference, and stepwise model selection.
- The siplab package is a platform for experimenting with spatially explicit individual-based vegetation models.
- ModelMap builds on other packages to create models using underlying GIS data.
- The SpatialPosition computes spatial position models: Stewart potentials, Reilly catchment areas, Huff catchment areas.
- The Watersheds package provides methods for watersheds aggregation and spatial drainage network analysis.
- The ngspatial package provides tools for analyzing spatial data, especially non-Gaussian areal data. It supports the sparse spatial generalized linear mixed model of Hughes and Haran (2013) and the centered autologistic model of Caragea and Kaiser (2009).
- landscapemetrics package calculates landscape metrics for categorical landscape patterns. It can be used as a drop-in replacement for FRAGSTATS, as it offers a reproducible workflow for landscape analysis in a single environment. It also provides several visualization functions, e.g. to show all labeled patches or the core area of all patches.
The Environmetrics Task View contains a much more complete survey of relevant functions and packages.
Installing packages linking to PROJ, GDAL or GEOS
Installation of packages like sf and terra which use external software libraries such as PROJ, GDAL or GEOS requires care. For most users on platforms such as Windows or macOS who are not themselves package developers, it is always better to avoid what are known as source installs, because CRAN binary packages include all of the external software required. Because
getOption("pkgType") on these platforms is usually
"both", you may be asked to choose to install a source package if it is more recent than the latest binary.
Please do not be tempted to choose a source install for sf or terra or similar; the binary package will be generated within a day or two. To avoid being asked, you may see from
?options under options provided by the utils package that the default behaviour of your installation of R may be controlled by setting options
install.packages.compile.from.source, or by setting environment variable
R_COMPILE_AND_INSTALL_PACKAGES, see also this helpful comment.
If you are a developer using Windows or macOS or installing from
github, the same static-linked binary external software libraries, header files, etc. as those used in building CRAN binary packages are available from: Windows 4.0 and 4.1 downloaded on-the-fly, Windows 4.2 RTools42, Windows 4.3 RTools43, and macOS both architectures. These external software libraries have been built using the same compile and link settings as R itself, so avoid the risk of possible errors caused by mismatched binaries. The current versions may be updated between R releases, in order to give access to more recent versions of GDAL, GEOS or PROJ.
If you are a user (or developer) on systems where
"source", you will need to ensure that the external software is available when installing source packages. Advice for some such systems may be found here. The most common reason for failure is having multiple versions of external software installed on your platform.
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