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Scan statistic

In statistics, a scan statistic or window statistic is a problem relating to the clustering of randomly positioned points. An example of a typical problem is the maximum size of cluster of points on a line or the longest series of successes recorded by a moving window of fixed length.[1]

Joseph Naus first published on the problem in the 1960s,[2] and has been called the "father of the scan statistic" in honour of his early contributions.[3] The results can be applied in epidemiology, public health and astronomy to find unusual clusters of events.[4]


  1. Naus, J. I. (1982). "Approximations for Distributions of Scan Statistics". Journal of the American Statistical Association 77 (377): 177–183. JSTOR 2287786. doi:10.1080/01621459.1982.10477783.  edit
  2. Naus, Joseph Irwin (1964). Clustering of random points in line and plane (Ph. D.). Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. Wallenstein, S. (2009). "Joseph Naus: Father of the Scan Statistic". Scan Statistics. pp. 1–25. ISBN 978-0-8176-4748-3. doi:10.1007/978-0-8176-4749-0_1.  edit
  4. Glaz, J.; Naus, J.; Wallenstein, S. (2001). "Introduction". Scan Statistics. Springer Series in Statistics. pp. 3–9. ISBN 978-1-4419-3167-2. doi:10.1007/978-1-4757-3460-7_1.  edit

External links

  • SaTScan free software for the spatial, temporal and space-time scan statistics