The goal of the laboratory is to support the Institute staff in their research on econometric modelling. The research concentrates on problems requiring, on the one hand, considerable computing power, and on the other, highly specialised software based on top achievements in econometrics, spatial econometrics, statistics, spatial statistics, and mathematics. The issues currently examined in the laboratory include:

  1. modelling spatial structures and processes
  2. methods in regional analysis
  3. new trends in regression analysis – data exploration
  4. non-statistical classification methods – rough sets
  5. spatial optimisation and factor analysis for spatial series
  6. calculus of variations in the modelling of transport systems
  7. verification of assumptions of statistical methods employed in spatial analysis
  8. cellular automata and neural networks in the modelling of urbanisation processes
  9. analysis of time series
  10. Markov chains in studies of transport accessibility
  11. spatial-temporal modelling and simulation of diffusion processes
  12. eigenvalues and eigenvectors of binary matrices and weight matrices used in geographical research
  13. geographically weighted regression (GWR) and spatial regression models in spatial economic studies
  14. spatial differences in Poland’s economy
  15. regional and local economies in Poland in the new systemic conditions.

The Laboratory of Spatial Econometric Modelling has 6 workstations of considerable computing power and a server shared with the Laboratory of Regional Systems of Geographical Information and the Laboratory of Urban and Architectural Design. The software installed there includes: Matlab, ArcGIS, SPSS, SAS, GeoDa, Matfor, TOMLAB, Surfer, Gretl, MapInfo, and SaTScan. This base keeps being systematically expanded, and in the future a base of spatial data will be created here.