Description Usage Arguments Details Value Author(s) Examples

Creates an adjacency matrix in a form suitable for using in
`BRugs`

or WinBUGS.

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`matrix` |
square matrix with 1's for neighbours and NA's for non-neighbours. |

`filename` |
filename that the adjacency matrix file will be written to (default=‘Adj.txt’). |

`suffix` |
string to be appended to ‘num’, ‘adj’ and ‘weights’ object names |

Adjacency matrices are used by conditional autoregressive (CAR) models to smooth estimates according to some neighbourhood map. The basic idea is that neighbouring areas have more in common than non-neighbouring areas and so will be positively correlated.

As well as correlations in space it is possible to use CAR models to model similarities in time.

In this case the matrix represents those time points that we wish to assume to be correlated.

Creates a text file named `filename`

that contains the total
number of neighbours (num), the index number of the adjacent
neighbours (adj) and the weights (weights).

Adrian Barnett a.barnett<at>qut.edu.au

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