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A Statistical Analysis of Santa Barbara Ambulance Response in 2006: Performance Under Load

Keywords: clustering , K-function , kernel smoothing , point process , violations.

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Ambulance response times in Santa Barbara County for 2006 are analyzed using point process techniques, including kernel intensity estimates and K-functions. Clusters of calls result in significantly higher response times, and this effect is quantified. In particular, calls preceded by other calls within 20 km and within the previous hour are significantly more likely to result in violations. This effect appears to be especially pronounced within semi-rural neighborhoods.[WestJEM. 2009;10:42-47.]


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