[R] plots of ACF
David Winsemius
dwinsemius at comcast.net
Fri Nov 21 18:21:59 CET 2008
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I am not a statistician or an r-expert and my experience with time
series analysis is over 20 years ago, but my impression is that a
mixture of some of those latter reasons may have been the reason for
this identical question being unanswered yesterday. You have not
specified any detail about the units of the serially correlated
variable. You have not offered any output text. You have not described
the research question. And there is no real R content.
I can tell you that that time series analysis is well described in
"Modern Applied Statistics in S" which some people use as their
beginning R text. If time series was not in your intorductory text
then maybe you should get one that handles it.
As a complete guess I would speculate that seasonality might explain a
series with significant correlations at lags of 1, 7, 8, and 9 but who
knows? You have not given your audience much to work with. And you may
be outside the boundaries of the list's purpose for existence.
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David Winsemius, MD
On Nov 21, 2008, at 11:45 AM, Sara Mouro wrote:
> Hello.
>
> I have one Model (M3) fitted using the lme package, and I have
> checked the correlation structure of within-group errors using
>
> plot(ACF (M3,maxLag=10),alpha=0.05)
>
> But now I am not sure how to interpret this plot for the empirical
> autocorrelation function.
>
> The problem is that I am used to see/interpret diagrams in which all
> the autocorrelation Lags, except lag-1, are inside the confidence
> envelopes, or those plots where only Lags 1 and 2 are outside those
> envelopes.
>
> But how should I interpret my ACF plot, where Lags 1, 7, 8 and 9, are
> those outside those envelopes?
>
> Is there any correlation structure?
> Which one might that be? AR1()?
>
>
> Also, I have used the plot of the empirical ACF of the normalized
> residuals, but it gives exactly the same results.
>
> Could you please help me?
>
> Best regards
> Sara Mouro
>
>
> Sara Maltez Mouro
>
> Centro de Ecologia Funcional
> Departamento de Botânica
> Universidade de Coimbra
>
> sara at gmesintra.com
> www.uc.pt/ecology/saramaltezmouro
>
>
> Sara Maltez Mouro
>
> Centro de Ecologia Funcional
> Departamento de Botânica
> Universidade de Coimbra
>
> sara at gmesintra.com
> www.uc.pt/ecology/saramaltezmouro
>
>
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