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Statistics - Statistical Theory and Methods | Analyzing Compositional Data with R

Analyzing Compositional Data with R

Series: Use R!

van den Boogaart, K. Gerald, Tolosana-Delgado, Raimon

2013, XV, 258 p. 62 illus., 20 illus. in color.

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  • Guides readers from the first steps of a descriptive analysis to the application of multivariate methods
  • Covers the most commonly used statistical methods in scientific applications
  • Includes a wealth of code snippets to obtain graphical and numerical representations of all results

This book presents the statistical analysis of compositional data sets, i.e., data in percentages, proportions, concentrations, etc. The subject is covered from its grounding principles to the practical use in descriptive exploratory analysis, robust linear models and advanced multivariate statistical methods, including zeros and missing values, and paying special attention to data visualization and model display issues. Many illustrated examples and code chunks guide the reader into their modeling and interpretation. And, though the book primarily serves as a reference guide for the R package “compositions,” it is also a general introductory text on Compositional Data Analysis.

Awareness of their special characteristics spread in the Geosciences in the early sixties, but a strategy for properly dealing with them was not available until the works of Aitchison in the eighties. Since then, research has expanded our understanding of their theoretical principles and the potentials and limitations of their interpretation. This is the first comprehensive textbook addressing these issues, as well as their practical implications with regard to software.

The book is intended for scientists interested in statistically analyzing their compositional data. The subject enjoys relatively broad awareness in the geosciences and environmental sciences, but the spectrum of recent applications also covers areas like medicine, official statistics, and economics.

Readers should be familiar with basic univariate and multivariate statistics. Knowledge of R is recommended but not required, as the book is self-contained.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Compositional data analysis - Logratio analysis - Multivariate linear regression - Proportions and percentages - R!

Related subjects » Computational Statistics - Geochemistry - Physical & Information Science - Statistical Theory and Methods

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