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2021 An up-to-date review of scan statistics
Ali Abolhassani, Marcos O. Prates
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Statist. Surv. 15: 111-153 (2021). DOI: 10.1214/21-SS132


Scan statistics have been a very important and active area of statistical research in the past three decades. Detecting areas with a significant concentration of points is an important task in understanding the underlying phenomena in many fields such as: epidemiology, politics, crime analysis, zoology, etc. This study reviews how scan statistics have developed in the last three decades, the main concerns of researchers in scan statistics, and how researchers have approached these concerns.

Funding Statement

Marcos O. Prates acknowledges partial funding support from CNPq grants (436948/2018-4 and PQ-307457/2018-4), and FAPEMIG grant (PPM-00532-16).


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Ali Abolhassani. Marcos O. Prates. "An up-to-date review of scan statistics." Statist. Surv. 15 111 - 153, 2021.


Received: 1 January 2021; Published: 2021
First available in Project Euclid: 28 July 2021

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/21-SS132

Keywords: literature review , scan statistics , spatial statistics , spatio-temporal statistics

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