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Empirical Orthogonal Function (EOF) Analysis for gappy data

November 24, 2011
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Empirical Orthogonal Function (EOF) Analysis for gappy data

The following is a function for the calculation of Empirical Orthogonal Functions (EOF). For those coming from a more biologically-oriented background and are familiar with Principal Component Analysis (PCA), the methods are similar. In the climate sciences the method is usually used for the decomposition of a data field into dominant spatial-temporal modes. Read...

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Propagation of error

November 11, 2011
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Propagation of error

     At the onset, this was strictly an excercise of my own curiosity and I didn't imagine writing this down in any form at all. As someone who has done some modelling work in the past, I'm embarrassed to say that I had never fully grasped how one can gauge the error of a...

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Converting values to color levels

September 12, 2011
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Converting values to color levels

     Adding color to a plot is helpful in many situations for visualizing an additional dimension of the data. Again, I wrote the below function "val2col" in R after having coded this manually over and over in the past. It uses similar arguments as the image function in that one defines the...

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Adding a scale to an image plot

August 31, 2011
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Adding a scale to an image plot

Here's a function that allows you to add a color scale legend to an image plot (or probably any plot needing a z-level scale). I found myself having to program this over and over again, and just decided to make a plotting function for future use. While I really like the look of levelplot(),...

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Creating svg graphics for web publishing

July 25, 2011
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<p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p>This is an error message. If you are reading this, something broke. You may need to upgrade your browser. </p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p> Thanks to the nice post from Revolution Analytics I was finally able to get an svg device working on my Windows OS version of R. It took some additional tips from a fellow user of blogger to...

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Color reduction of an image – and Warholize?

July 5, 2011
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Color reduction of an image – and Warholize?

There seems to be several methods out there for reducing the colors in an image. I became interested in this after pondering how this is done in the excellent freeware program IrfanView. Unfortunately, their method is not described anywhere that I coul...

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Clarke and Ainsworth’s BIOENV and BVSTEP (and BIO-BIO etc…)

June 30, 2011
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Clarke and Ainsworth’s BIOENV and BVSTEP (and BIO-BIO etc…)

Nonmetric Multidimensional Scaling (NMDS) plot of vegetation sample dissimilarities with best correlating environmental variables (left) and species (right) plotted as vectors (datasets "varespec" and "varechem" from the package ...

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Image color palette replacement

June 9, 2011
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Image color palette replacement

Here is an example of a function I wrote to change the color palette used in an image. The above example comes from a black and white original, although color images can also be used. The function first converts the image to grayscale in order to have ...

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Simulating CMYK mis-registration printing

June 3, 2011
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Simulating CMYK mis-registration printing

I recently came across a poster advertising a children's production of Shakespeare's The Tempest where they purposely used an effect to mimic a mis-registration in CMYK printing. You have probably seen this before as a slight offset in one of t...

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map.xyz(): interpolation of XYZ data and projection onto a map

May 30, 2011
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map.xyz(): interpolation of XYZ data and projection onto a map

     I am still struggling to get a grasp of R's mapping capabilities. Part of my frustration lies in the fact that I often work on areas near the poles, which complicates interpolation across the 180 degree line. For smaller areas, interpolati...

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