Point Event Cluster Detection via the Bayesian Generalized Fused Lasso

Ryo Masuda, Ryo Inoue

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Spatial cluster detection is one of the focus areas of spatial analysis, whose objective is the identification of clusters from spatial distributions of point events aggregated in districts with small areas. Choi et al. (2018) formulated cluster detection as a parameter estimation problem to leverage the parameter selection capability of the sparse modeling method called the generalized fused lasso. Although this work is superior to conventional methods for detecting multiple clusters, its estimation results are limited to point estimates. This study therefore extended the above work as a Bayesian cluster detection method to describe the probabilistic variations of clustering results. The proposed method combines multiple sparsity-inducing priors and encourages sparse solutions induced by the generalized fused lasso. Evaluations were performed with simulated and real-world distributions of point events to demonstrate that the proposed method provides new information on the quantified reliabilities of clustering results at the district level while achieving comparable detection performances to that of the previous work.

Original languageEnglish
Article number187
JournalISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar


  • Bayesian inference
  • Generalized fused lasso
  • Point event
  • Sparse modeling
  • Spatial cluster detection


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