[R] Different Autocorrelation using R and other softwares

From: Yinny <wwan3887_at_mail.usyd.edu.au>
Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2008 15:22:35 +1000

Dear All,

  Would like to ask the inconsistency in the autocorrelation from R with SPSS/Minitab. I have tried a dataset x with 20 data (1-20) and ask R to give the autocorrelation of different lags using the command < acf(x, lag.max=100, type = "correlation"), However while SPSS and Minitab give the same answers (0.85 for lag1), R gives 0.3688 which is much smaller.

  Obviously, the answers from SPSS/Minitab are correct by verifying in Excel. Is R using another definition in calculating the traditional autocorrelation for a time-series?

  Thanks for your attention. Would be very grateful if anyone can help.

School of Mathematics & Statistics
University of Sydney

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