intRvals-package: Analysing time-ordered event data with missed observations

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Analysing time-ordered event data with missed observations


intRvals calculates means and variances of arrival intervals (and arrival rates) corrected for missed arrival observations, and compares means and variances of groups of interval data.



The central function of package intRvals is estinterval, which is used to estimate the mean arrival interval (and its standard deviation) from interval data with missed arrivals. This is achieved by fitting the theoretical probability density intervalpdf to the interval data

The package can be used to analyse general interval data where intervals are derived from distinct arrival observations. For example, the authors have used it to analyze dropping intervals of grazing geese for estimating their faecal output.

Intervals are defined as the time between observed arrival events (e.g. the time between one excreted droppings to the next) The package provides a way of taking into account missed observations (e.g. defecations), which lead to occasional observed intervals at integer multiples of the true arrival interval.

Typical workflow

  1. Fit interval model m to an interval dataset d using estinterval, as in m=estinterval(d).

  2. Visually inspect model fits using plot.intRvals, as in plot(m).

  3. Use anova.intRvals to check whether the missed event probability was signficantly different from zero, as in anova(m).

  4. Also use anova.intRvals to perform model selection between competing models m1,m2 for the same interval dataset d, as in anova(m1,m2).

  5. Compare means and variances between different interval datasets d1,d2 using ttest and vartest.

Other useful functionality

fold provides functionality to fold observed intervals back to their fundamental interval

fundamental tests which intervals are fundamental, i.e. intervals not containing a missed arrival observation

interval2rate converts interval estimates to rates

partition estimates and tests for the presence of within-subject variation

intervalsim simulates a set of observed intervals

The package comes with a example interval dataset goosedrop

Please cite this package using the publication "Analysing time-ordered event data with missed observations, Ecology and Evolution, 2017" by Dokter et al.


Dokter, A.M., van Loon, E.E., Fokkema, W., Lameris, T.K, , Nolet, B.A. and van der Jeugd, H.P. 2017. Analysing time-ordered event data with missed observations, Ecology and Evolution, 2017, in press.

B\'edard, J. & Gauthier, G. 1986. Assessment of faecal output in geese. Journal of Applied Ecology, 23, 77-90.

Owen, M. 1971. The Selection of Feeding Site by White-Fronted Geese in Winter. Journal of Applied Ecology 8: 905-917.

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