[R] periodic time series

Mike Marchywka marchywka at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 30 01:25:03 CET 2010

> Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 14:48:54 -0800
> From: feki_o at yahoo.co.uk
> To: r-help at r-project.org
> Subject: [R] periodic time series
> Hi all,
> A beginner's question: I have to analyse univariate, strongly periodic data
> collected every hour for a period of 1 week and I need to compare 5
> different groups for significant differences between them.

I don't know if anyone replied but I would mention of course
that significant needs to be qualified: statistically significant
meaning a difference could be real and clinically significant
meaning something anyone cares about.  Presumably you have
some features in your data that you care about. You want
to design some tests to look at these. If you can describe
what you want to do someone here can maybe help your
definition a bit and then explain how it could be evaluated
in R or some easier approximation etc. 

Periodic suggests that you expect the samples to differ at different
times, this isn't just like sampling a a bunch of points from a
box of supposedly identical widgets perhaps. 

If you have a time series, there are a lot of questions you could
want to ask. 

> Is there a better way to do this in R, other than pairwise t-tests of
> summary statistics?
> Thanks in advance,
> Andy
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