[R] Time Series w/irregular frequency, how to construct a time series object?

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Wed Aug 20 14:29:44 CEST 2008

The zoo package can represent irregular time series.

On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 4:41 AM, Marco Leandro Carmosino
<malc07 at hampshire.edu> wrote:
> Hello,
> I am having trouble constructing a time series object for my data. This is
> because the frequency is irregular: one year, there may be only 100
> individuals, another 200. There are 100 measurements for every individual. I
> have the observations in a data frame with the year that they were taken from
> as a factor.
> I would like to plot the top 10 mean measurements for each year and connect them
> with a line, to measurements in the same category. I would also like to try
> using linear filtering and exponential smoothing on the measurements to look
> for patterns, in particular synchronized drastic changes in measurement values.
> Are all the time-series analysis functions inappropriate because of the
> irregular frequency in my data? I looked at the reference manual, and it seems
> that even building the tsp attribute manually would require providing a
> frequency argument. It's quite possible that I have some very wrong ideas about
> time series analysis, as I am just beginning to study the subject.
> Thanks for any help,
> --Marco
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