[Rd] ccf documentation bug or suggeston (PR#9393)

From: <aim_at_stats.uwo.ca>
Date: Tue 28 Nov 2006 - 16:50:44 GMT

Hi Duncan,

ccf(x,y) does not explain whether c(k)=cov(x(t),x(t+k)) or d(k)=cov(x(t),x(t-k)) is calculated. The following example demonstrates that the c(k) definition is used:

However S-Plus acf uses the d(k) definition in their acf function.

For interpretive purposes this is a **vital distinction** (the cross-covariance/correlation is not symmetric like the autocovariance/autocorrelation). There is not fixed convention is textbooks or research papers. Some define it one way and other another.

There is no ccf function in S-Plus. Instead there is only acf for the auto/cross computation in multivariate time series. This is more complicated since numerical output is 3D array.

Here is how S-Plus documents it:

a list with the following components:
a three-dimensional array containing the autocovariance or autocorrelation function estimates. acf[i,j,k] is the covariance (or correlation) between the j -th series at time t and the k-th series at time t+1-i. lag
an array the same shape as acf containing the lags (as fractions of the sampling period) at which acf is calculated. If j > k and i
> 1, then lag[i,j,k] is negative.

Ian McLeod

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