Recently, Bayesian methods have become the essence of modern statistics, specifically, the ability to incorporate hierarchical models. In particular, correlated data, such as the data found in spatial and temporal applications, have benefited greatly from the development and application of Bayesian statistics. One particular application of Bayesian modeling is Gaussian Markov Random Fields. These methods have proven to be very useful in providing a framework for correlated data. I will demonstrate the power of GMRFs by applying this method to two sets of data; a set of temporal data involving car accidents in the UK and a set of spatial data involving Provo area apartment complexes. For the first set of data, I will examine how including a seatbelt covariate effects our estimates for the number of car accidents. In the second set of data, we will scrutinize the effect of BYU approval on apartment complexes. In both applications we will investigate Laplacian approximations when normal distribution assumptions do not hold.
College and Department
Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Statistics
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Olsen, Jessica Lyn, "An Applied Investigation of Gaussian Markov Random Fields" (2012). All Theses and Dissertations. 3273.
Gaussian Markov Random Fields, Spatial, Correlated Data