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Cokriging using categorical covariables?

Question asked by Beggady on May 18, 2015



I am using cokriging to model a continuous variable across my study unit (soil carbon). I have one continuous covariable (soil moisture) but also a categorical covariable (vegetation community). I am using the Geostatistical Analyst Wizard to do this.


Am I right in thinking that I can't include the categorical covariable directly into the model? If so, can anyone please suggest a way that I can include this information within a cokriging model?


I am using cokriging as it is enabling me to compare the cross validation statistics with and without the covariables. But open to suggestions of other methods which allow includion of covariables and provide some idea of model fit.


Thank you, Beth