[R-sig-Geo] variogram using gstat

ONKELINX, Thierry Thierry.ONKELINX at inbo.be
Wed May 7 16:36:24 CEST 2008

Hi Edzer,

Well, I wrote similar because I don't now the details by heart.
Furthermore the we analysed the same data independently in R/gstat and
variowin/gslib. The emphasis of our comparisons was rather on what was
the most userfriendly workflow. So the question was not realy if gslib
yields exactly the same results as gstat. But rather if R/gstat is
usefull to teach geostatistics when compared to variowin/gslib. Given
that most of the students use R (or S+) in other courses, we think that
using R/gstat is easier for the students.

I don't know whether the professor will change from variowin/gslib to
R/gstat. We were probabily just a bunch of R-addicted students who
perferred their own toys ;-)



ir. Thierry Onkelinx
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-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
Van: Edzer Pebesma [mailto:edzer.pebesma at uni-muenster.de] 
Verzonden: woensdag 7 mei 2008 16:00
Aan: ONKELINX, Thierry
CC: PUJAN RAJ REGMI; r-sig-geo at stat.math.ethz.ch
Onderwerp: Re: [R-sig-Geo] variogram using gstat

ONKELINX, Thierry wrote:
> Dear Pujan,
> The helpfile (?variogram) is a wonderfull thing because it answers you
> question about dist. It reads: 
> dist	 the average distance of all point pairs considered for this
> estimate	
> I think that gstat is based on gslib (Edzer, please correct me if I'm
> wrong). 
No, the gstat "core" code is written in C rather than in fortran. It was

written in a similar time, i.e. the early 90s.
> Last year we compared gslib with R and gstat. Both yielded
> simmilar results. We prefered R and gstat over gslib because R is a
> flexible and versatile tool.
I'm always interested in hearing comparison results, and trying to 
figure out where differences come from. In theory, results should be 
identical rather than similar.

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