- WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH
This paper proposes an approximative method for maximum likelihood estimation of parameters of Neyman-Scott and similar point processes. It is based on the point pattern resulting from forming all difference points of pairs of points in the window of observation. The intensity function of this constructed point process can be expressed in terms of second-order characteristics of the original process. This opens the way to parameter estimation, if the difference pattern is treated as a non-homogeneous Poisson process. The computational feasibility and accuracy of this approach is examined by means of simulated data. Furthermore, the method is applied to two biological data sets. For these data, various cluster process models are considered and compared with respect to their goodness-of-fit.
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