# Re: [R] circular correlation

From: Don MacQueen (macq@llnl.gov)
Date: Tue 04 May 2004 - 08:20:59 EST

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I think you're going to have to decide which wind speed values are
relevant to which seed collection data points. For example, if you
collected a seed on Tuesday, is Monday's wind speed relevant or not?
You've given no indication of what the relationships between your
wind speed values and your seed collection values might be. Whatever
the relationship is, you have to use your data in a way that makes
sense for that relationship. And yes, your basic correlation
calculation requires one-to-one correspondence. If you have
many-to-one, you'll have to adapt your data in some way, to make it
one-to-one. How you adapt it depends on information you haven't
provided (and isn't an R question either). For example, if seeds
float about for around 2 days, on average, before settling down to
the ground, maybe 2 day averages of wind seed are relevant. That's
the kind of thing you'll have to decide.

-Don

At 2:02 PM -0400 5/3/04, Joseph Dauer wrote:
>I have a problem that deals with correlating wind velocity to seed
>collection data. The problem lies in that I have a wind data set that
>is contains 2000+ data points and weed collection data on the order of a
>couple hundred. Both data sets were collected for the same time period,
>but there is not a one-to-one wind velocity->seed location match. My
>understanding of correlation is that you need equal data sets. Is there
>a way to compare means and standard deviations (or kappa in circular
>stats) that doesn't require equal data sets? Thank you in advance. Joe
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>Example (simplified):
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>library(CircStats)
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>wind<-c(2.1, 2.3, 2.6, 2.1, 2.6, 2.4, 1.2, 1.5) # in radians
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>seed<-c(1.7, 1.3, 1.5, 1.9, 1.8, 2.3)
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>circ.cor(wind, seed, test=T)
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>Joseph Dauer
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>Master's Student
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>Weed Ecology
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>412 ASI
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>Pennsylvania State University
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>University Park, PA 16802
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>email: jtd152@psu.edu
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>office phone: (814) 865 - 6679
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>http://www.agronomy.psu.edu/weedecology
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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