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Allow for at least 3500 locations in spatio-temporal modeler
Many analyst look at county-level data of the whole nation when performing research (i.e. ~3200 counties). Analyzing parts of the country within themselves (if we were to break up the counties into regions) is not telling very much. Others look at zip-code level data or tract-level analyses that may include more than 2000 locations. Surely, we are not going to be the only statisticians who need the spatial temporal modeler for more than 2000 locations like with county-level data for the nation. How does SPSS propose to handle these types of research projects? Can or will you you extend this limitation in future releases or updates of SPSS?
The input of the shapefile does not appear to support more than 2000 locations either, this needs to be expanded to accommodate larger shape files, like for U.S. counties. This limitation not only needs to be mentioned somewhere prior to receiving the SPSS product, but also an accurate error message should pop up, alerting you to the error and how to fix it.
Something else important to note is if there is a limit or minimum on the number of time points necessary per number of locations. The lag explanation is confusing. The limitations needs to be clearly and fully explained before and during modeling.
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