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Second-order variational equations for spatial point processes with a view to pair correlation function estimation

By Jean-François Coeurjolly, Francisco Cuevas-Pacheco and Rasmus Waagepetersen
CSGB Research Reports
No. 01, January 2019

Second-order variational type equations for spatial point processes are established. In case of log linear parametric models for pair correlation functions, it is demonstrated that the variational equations can be applied to construct estimating equations with closed form solutions for the parameter estimates. This result is used to fit orthogonal series expansions of log pair correlation functions of general form.

Keywords: estimating equation, non-parametric estimation, orthogonal series expansion, pair correlation function, variational equation.

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