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Figure 2 | International Journal of Health Geographics

Figure 2

From: Method for mapping population-based case-control studies: an application using generalized additive models

Figure 2

Effect of span size on crude odds ratio map. We use a generalized additive model to estimate smoothed log odds as a function of space and converted to odds ratios using the whole population as a reference. An optimal span of 0.55, chosen by minimizing the AIC, shows the correct underlying pattern, a single area of elevated disease in the northeast quadrant. Under-smoothing (left) or over-smoothing (right) distorts the pattern.

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