A Bayesian solution is suggested for the modelling of spatial point patterns with inhomogeneous hard-core radius using Gaussian processes in the regularization. The key observation is that a straightforward use of the finite Gibbs hard-core process likelihood together with a log-Gaussian random field prior does not work without penalisation towards high local packing density. Instead, a nearest neighbour Gibbs process likelihood is used. This approach to hard-core inhomogeneity is an alternative to the transformation inhomogeneous hard-core modelling. The computations are based on recent Markovian approximation results for Gaussian fields. As an application, data on the nest locations of Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) colony(1) on a vertical sand bank are analysed. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
- Hard-core point process
- Gaussian process regularisation
- Bayesian analysis
- Sand Martin's nests
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