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Am J Epidemiol. 1992 Jun 1;135(11):1293-300.

Epidemiologic mapping using the "kriging" method: application to an influenza-like illness epidemic in France.

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Unité de Recherches Biomathématiques et Biostatistiques, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Paris, France.


This paper presents the application of a technique from the earth sciences, the "kriging" method, to the field of geographic epidemiology. Both the principles of the method and the basic equations are given. A key advantage of the method is that it relies on an analysis of the spatial variability of the data and allows the representation of the variable under study as a continuous process throughout a country. Application of the kriging method to the geographic distribution of an epidemic of influenza-like illness in France is discussed.

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