• 1 Introduction
  • 1.1 Background
  • 1.2 Cluster detection
  • 1.3 Feature selection
  • 1.4 Research Objectives
  • 1.5 Thesis outline.
  • 2 Literature
  • 2.1 Potential Hazards Influencing Leukaemia Risk
  • 2.2 Cluster Detection Literature Review
  • 2.3 Case-Control Studies
  • 2.4 Feature Selection Literature Review
  • 2.5 Chapter Summary
  • 3 The Cluster Location Analysis Procedure (CLAP)
  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 The Search Method
  • 3.3 Result selection
  • 3.4 Example Demonstration
  • 3.5 Outputs from CLAP
  • 3.6 Conclusion
  • 4 Assessment of CLAP
  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Generated Data
  • 4.3 Assessment results
  • 4.4 Alternative methods
  • 4.5 Conclusion
  • 5 Feature Selection
  • 5.1 Introduction
  • 5.2 The Genetic Algorithm Overview
  • 5.3 The Gamma test
  • 5.4 Gamma Test Analysis
  • 5.5 An Alternative to the Gamma test
  • 5.6 A Practical Application of the J-Score
  • 5.7 CHAID
  • 5.8 Comparison of Techniques
  • 5.9 Conclusion
  • 6 Determining Geographical Causal Relationships
  • 6.1 Artificial Dataset Analysis
  • 6.2 An Equivalent to the Leukaemia Dataset
  • 6.3 The Leukaemia Dataset Analysis
  • 6.4 Conclusion
  • 7 Conclusions and Future Work
  • 7.1 Conclusions
  • 7.2 Contribution to Knowledge
  • 7.3 Future Work
  • 7.4 Final Remarks
  • 8 References
  • 8.1 Internet References
  • 9 Appendices
  • 9.1 Appendix A: Data and Results from experiments
  • 9.2 Appendix B: Published Papers