In this paper we propose a blockwise Euclidean likelihood method for the estimation of a spatial binary field obtained by thresholding a latent Gaussian random field. The moment conditions used in the Euclidean likelihood estimator derive from the score of the composite likelihood based on marginal pairs. A feature of this approach is that it is possible to obtain computational benefits with respect to the pairwise likelihood depending on the choice of the spatial blocks. A simulation study and an analysis on cancer mortality data compares the two methods in terms of statistical and computational efficiency. We also study the asymptotic properties of the proposed estimator.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment|
|State||Published - Feb 2014|