Re: [R] Latin hyper cube sampling from expand.grid()

From: Rob Carnell <>
Date: Wed 24 Jan 2007 - 03:49:06 GMT

Prasanna <prasannaprakash <at>> writes:

> Dear R experts
> I am looking for a package which gives me latin hyper cube samples
> from the grid of values produced from the command "expand.grid". Any
> pointers to this issue might be very useful. Basically, I am doing the
> following:
> > a<-(1:10)
> > b<-(20:30)
> > dataGrid<-expand.grid(a,b)
> Now, is there a way to use this "dataGrid" in the package "lhs" to get
> latin hyper cube samples.
> Thanking you
> Prasanna
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I think I understand your question, please let me know if this explanation is not what you need. Since, lhs is a contributed package, you could contact me directly first.

a <- 1:10
b <- 20:30
dataGrid <- expand.grid(a, b)

I believe that you want a Latin hypercube sample from the integers 1-10 in the first variable and 20-30 in the second. I will offer a way to do something similar with the lhs package, but then also offer alternatives way which may meet your needs better.

The lhs package returns a uniformly distributed stratified sample from the unit hypercube. The marginal distributions can then be transformed to your distribution of choice. If you wanted a uniform Latin hypercube on [1,10] and [20,30] with 22 samples, you could do:

X <- randomLHS(22, 2)
X[,1] <- 1+9*X[,1]
X[,2] <- 20+10*X[,2]


X <- randomLHS(22, 2)
X[,1] <- qunif(X[,1], 1, 9)
X[,2] <- qunif(X[,2], 20, 30)


Since I think you want integers (which I haven't thought about before now), then I think we must be careful about what we mean by a Latin hypercube sample. If you wanted exactly 3 points, then you could divide up the range [1,10] into three almost equal parts and sample from 1:3, 4:6, and 7:10. The problem is that it wouldn't be uniform sample across the range. (7 would be sampled less often than 2 for example)

I think that to do a Latin hypercube sample on the intgers, you should have a number of integers on the margins which have the number of points sampled as a common factor. For example if you sample 3 points from 1:9, and 21:32 then you could sample as follows:

a <- c(sample(1:3,1), sample(4:6, 1), sample(7:9, 1)) b <- c(sample(21:24,1), sample(25:28, 1), sample(29:32,1))

and then randomly permute the entries of a and b.

Or more generally, take n samples from the list of integer groups:

integerLHS <- function(n, intGroups)

  stopifnot(all(lapply(intGroups, function(X) length(X)%%n)==0))

  ranges <- lapply(intGroups, function(X) max(X)-min(X))   A <- matrix(nrow=n, ncol=length(intGroups))   for(j in 1:length(ranges))
    sequ <- order(runif(n))
    if(length(intGroups[[1]]) > 1)
      spacing <- intGroups[[j]][2]-intGroups[[j]][1]     } else stop("must have more than 1 intGroup")     for(k in 1:n)
      i <- sequ[k]
      a <- min(intGroups[[j]])+(i-1)*(ranges[[j]]+spacing)/n
      b <- min(intGroups[[j]])+i*(ranges[[j]]+spacing)/n-1
      if(a < b)
        A[k,j] <- sample(seq(a,b,spacing), 1)
      } else if(a==b)
        A[k,j] <- a
      } else stop("error")

integerLHS(10, list(1:10, 31:40))
integerLHS(5, list(1:10, 31:40))
integerLHS(2, list(1:10, 31:40))
integerLHS(5, list(1:20, 31:60, 101:115))
integerLHS(5, list(seq(2,20,2), 31:60, 101:115))

The function above is neither efficient nor tested, but it is a place for you to start.

Rob mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Wed Jan 24 15:05:05 2007

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