I want to test the relationship between categorical variables - fire severity (very low, low, moderate, and high) and cold-air pool (no, maybe, yes). My question is, Does cold-air pool status influence fire severity?
However, both variables are spatially auto-correlated. Fire severity is spatial auto-correlation beneath 100 m and cold-air pools are spatial auto-correlation beneath 1500 m. Due to the small area, I cannot sample beyond the spatial auto-correlation and thus my data violates the chi-square test's assumption of independence. I've looked into the Cochran's Q test, but it doesn't seem quite right either.
Is there a test that incorporates spatial auto-correlation for comparing two categorical variables?