The Center for Spatial Data Science (CSDS) addresses research questions where location represents an important dimension of the research problem, with applications in economic geography, environmental economics, sociology, criminology, public health, and other social sciences. 

CSDS also develops new methods and open-source software tools for spatial econometric modeling, clustering, exploratory analysis, geovisual analytics, and CyberGIS (Geographic Information Systems).


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A local indicator of multivariate spatial association: A new spatial statistic to identify local clusters in multivariate space

James Saxon 



Gerrymandering and compactness: A quantitative framework for evaluating the implications of spatial constraints in districting reform

Anselin, Kolak Screen Shot 2019-03-15 at 5.39.12 AM_thumb.png Spatial econometrics and program evaluation (Anselin, Kolak, and Mobley)
Anselin et al. Screen Shot 2019-03-15 at 5.43.37 AM_thumb.png Modeling health outcomes with spatial multilevel methods (Luc Anselin, Levi Wolf, and Lee Mobley)


James Saxon Screen Shot 2019-03-15 at 5.41.26 AM_thumb.png Accessibility of primary healthcare: A new rational agent access model
Marynia Kolak Screen Shot 2019-03-15 at 5.42.02 AM_thumb.png Open spatial technology frameworks: Integrating data and spatial analysis to continuously assess health programs and outcomes
Kolak et al. Screen Shot 2019-03-15 at 5.43.05 AM_thumb.png Disparities in healthy food access in Chicago, 2007–2014
with M. Kolak  Screen Shot 2019-03-20 at 4.47.09 PM_thumb.png Spatial relation of local health department services and opioid overdose.
Kolak et al. Screen Shot 2019-08-14 at 9.47.25 PM_thumb.png Mapping Census Tract Clusters of Type 2 Diabetes in a Primary Care Population


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Understanding the connection between transportation modes, agglomeration benefits, and types of businesses

Kevin Credit Screen Shot 2019-05-09 at 4.42.58 PM_thumb.png Transitive properties: a spatial econometric analysis of new business creation around transit
Kevin Credit Quantifying the Retail Apocalypse


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The Contribution of National Income Inequality to Regional Economic Divergence

see summaries in Washington Monthly and WA Ctr for Equitable Growth

James Saxon Screen Shot 2019-03-15 at 5.44.24 AM_thumb.png Local structures of human mobility in Chicago: Using mobile phone traces to construct a neighborhood-level mobility network