Re: [R] repost my question of cda in case

From: Spencer Graves <>
Date: Wed 02 Mar 2005 - 04:50:49 EST

      For linear discriminate analysis with only 2 classes, you get one new variable, that being a straight line between the means of the two groups.

      With 3 classes, the 3 points determine a plane defined by 2 lines or "new functions" = linear combinations of the original variables. However, if the distinctions are not statistically significant, you will get less than 2.

      hope this helps. 
      spencer graves

WeiWei Shi wrote:

>Dear R-helpers:
>I sent this question 3 days ago but I didn't get any reply. In case
>this question was somewhat not seen by people who happpened to know
>the answer, I repost it here. Sorry for bother but I am kind of
>needing some help. BTW, if the question itself was not well expressed,
>please let me know.
>The question is as followed:
>I am wondering if I can get some general help or source about
>canonical discriminant analysis in R.
>My idea is trying to linearly "combine" 300 variables supervisely
>(according to the class lables to the observations". I think it is
>kinda PCA to do some decreasing dimentionality work, but w/
>considering the class and I used SAS to do CDA proc before.
>But I read the introduction from sas on this proc and found the
>following statement:
>"The process of extracting canonical variables can be repeated until
>the number of canonical variables equals the number of original
>variables or the number of classes minus one, whichever is smaller.
>does it mean I can only have two new variables if I only have 2 classes?
>I am not a stat guy and sorry for the question if it should not be
>addressed here.
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> mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! Received on Wed Mar 02 06:31:28 2005

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