To get a sense for what spatstat can do and how to use it, we will be taking a look at the lecture notes available at the following link: http://www.csiro.au/resources/pf16h. In particular, Chapters 1 and 2 offer a nice overview of what spatial point patterns are and what types of questions can be answered using spatstat. Taking a look at any other Chapters of the lecture notes is encouraged, but not essential for what we’ll discuss.
At UNSW, the plan this week is a little different – we’ve booked a lab in Bioscience Room 640 for Friday from 2-3 to get familiar with some of the main features of spatstat by working through a real data set of 3605 Beilschmiedia pendula trees in the tropical rainforest of Barro Colorado Island. This will give us a chance to learn what point process models are all about and how to fit them and also to learn about about R, by far the most commonly used statistical software today.