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A Bootstrap-Based Covariate Selection Method for Modelling the Risk of Lightning-Induced Fires at a Local Scale: A Case Study in Northwest Spain

Ordóñez, Celestino; Roca Pardiñas, Javier; Castedo-Dorado, Fernando; Rodríguez-Pérez, José R.
Abstract:
In lightning-induced fire risk prediction models, the number of potential predictors is usually high, with some redundancy among them. It is therefore important to select the best subset of predictors that obtain models with the greatest discrimination capacity. With this aim in mind, the logistic generalized linear model was used to estimate lightning-induced fire occurrence using a case study of the province of León (northwest Spain). A bootstrap-based test was used to obtain the optimal number of predictors and to model this optimal number of predictors displaying the largest area under the receiver operating characteristics curve. The results show that of the 16 variables initially considered, only three were necessary to obtain the model with the best discriminatory capacity for estimating lightning-induced fire occurrence. Moreover, this model can be considered equivalent to another nine alternative models with three covariates. Both the optimal and the equivalent models are useful in the spatially explicit assessment of fire risk, the planning and coordination of regional efforts to identify areas at greatest risk, and the design of long-term wildfire management strategies. The methodology used for this case study can be applied to other wildfire risk assessment situations where multiple and interconnected covariates are available.
Year:
2013
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
bootstrap-based test; variable selection; logistic generalized linear model; area under the ROC curve; lightning-induced fire risk
Journal:
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal
Volume:
19
Number:
1
Pages:
254-267
Month:
January
DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10807039.2012.683736
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