[R] Multidimensional scaling

Hollix Holger.steinmetz at web.de
Fri Oct 30 09:44:38 CET 2009

Hi there,

when conducting a multidimensional scaling analysis, it is possible to do
this on a correlation matrix?

I calculated a dissimilarity matrix by substracting the corr.matrix from 1.
Then I calculated the distance matrix with d <- dist(dissimilarity matrix)
and ran the isoMDS function.

Is that correct? 

In addition: The stress value was 2.9. I read that this is a percentage. So
- according to the usual manner to report stress values from 0 to 1, this
would be .029?

Finally, I compared the solution (diagram) with the alscal-algorithm from
SPSS (however computed on the raw data) and there were some slight
differences. Can you tell me the differences between alscal and isoMDS?

As you might see, I am not very experienced in MDS. Thus, any recommendation
(literatur etc.) would be a great help.

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