Radial plots of single-species activity

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Description

The function generates a radial plot of species diel activity using an adapted version of function radial.plot from package plotrix (without the need to install the package). Records are aggregated by hour. The number of independent events is used as input, which in turn is based on the argument minDeltaTime in recordTable.

Usage

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  activityRadial(recordTable, 
  species,
  allSpecies = FALSE,
  speciesCol = "Species",
  recordDateTimeCol = "DateTimeOriginal",
  recordDateTimeFormat = "%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S",
  byNumber = FALSE,
  plotR = TRUE, 
  writePNG = FALSE, 
  plotDirectory, 
  createDir = FALSE, 
  pngMaxPix = 1000,
  ...
)

Arguments

recordTable

data.frame. the record table created by recordTable

species

Name of the species for which to create an kernel density plot of activity

allSpecies

logical. Create plots for all species in speciesCol of recordTable? Overrides argument species

speciesCol

character. name of the column specifying species names in recordTable

recordDateTimeCol

character. name of the column specifying date and time in recordTable

recordDateTimeFormat

character. format of column recordDateTimeCol in recordTable

byNumber

logical. If FALSE, plot proportion of records. If TRUE, plot number of records

plotR

logical. Show plots in R graphics device?

writePNG

logical. Create pngs of the plots?

plotDirectory

character. Directory in which to create png plots if writePNG = TRUE

createDir

logical. Create plotDirectory?

pngMaxPix

integer. image size of png (pixels along x-axis)

...

additional arguments to be passed to function radial.plot

Details

radial.plot was adjusted to show a clockwise 24-hour clock face. It is recommended to set argument lwd to a value >= 2. You may also wish to add argument rp.type="p" to show a polygon instead of bars.

Value

Returns invisibly a data.frame containing all information needed to create the plot: radial position, lengths, hour (for labels). If allSpecies == TRUE, all species' data frames are returned in an invisible named list.

Author(s)

Juergen Niedballa

References

Lemon, J. (2006) Plotrix: a package in the red light district of R. R-News, 6(4): 8-12.
https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=plotrix

See Also

activityDensity, activityHistogram, activityOverlap

Examples

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# load record table
data(recordTableSample)

species4activity <- "PBE"    # = Prionailurus bengalensis, Leopard Cat

activityRadial(recordTable       = recordTableSample,
               species           = species4activity,
               allSpecies        = FALSE,
               speciesCol        = "Species",
               recordDateTimeCol = "DateTimeOriginal",
               plotR             = TRUE,
               writePNG          = FALSE,
               lwd               = 5
)

# plot type = polygon

activityRadial(recordTable       = recordTableSample,
               species           = species4activity,
               allSpecies        = FALSE,
               speciesCol        = "Species",
               recordDateTimeCol = "DateTimeOriginal",
               plotR             = TRUE,
               writePNG          = FALSE,
               lwd               = 5,
               rp.type           = "p"      
)

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