RSimca performs a robust version of the SIMCA method. This method classifies a data matrix x with a known group structure. To reduce the dimension on each group a robust PCA analysis is performed. Afterwards a classification rule is developped to determine the assignment of new observations.
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formula 
a formula of the form 
data 
an optional data frame (or similar: see

subset 
an optional vector used to select rows (observations) of the
data matrix 
na.action 
a function which indicates what should happen
when the data contain 
x 
a matrix or data frame containing the explanatory variables (training set). 
grouping 
grouping variable: a factor specifying the class for each observation. 
prior 
prior probabilities, default to the class proportions for the training set. 
tol 
tolerance 
control 
a control object (S4) for specifying one of the available PCA estimation methods and containing estimation options. The class of this object defines which estimator will be used. Alternatively a character string can be specified which names the estimator  one of auto, hubert, locantore, grid, proj. If 'auto' is specified or the argument is missing, the function will select the estimator (see below for details) 
alpha 
this parameter measures the fraction of outliers the algorithm should resist. In MCD alpha controls the size of the subsets over which the determinant is minimized, i.e. alpha*n observations are used for computing the determinant. Allowed values are between 0.5 and 1 and the default is 0.5. 
k 
number of principal components to compute. If 
kmax 
maximal number of principal components to compute.
Default is 
trace 
whether to print intermediate results. Default is 
... 
arguments passed to or from other methods. 
RSimca
, serving as a constructor for objects of class RSimcaclass
is a generic function with "formula" and "default" methods.
SIMCA is a two phase procedure consisting of PCA performed on each group
separately for dimension reduction followed by classification rules built
in the lower dimensional space (note that the dimension in
each group can be different). Instead of classical PCA robust alternatives will be used.
Any of the robust PCA methods available in package Pcaclass
can be used through the argument control
.
In original SIMCA new observations are
classified by means of their deviations from the different PCA models.
Here the classification rules will be obtained using two popular distances arising from PCA 
orthogonal distances (OD) and score distances (SD). For the definition of these distances,
the definition of the cutoff values and the standartization of the distances see
Vanden Branden K, Hubert M (2005) and Todorov and Filzmoser (2009).
An S4 object of class RSimcaclass
which is a subclass of of the
virtual class Simcaclass
.
Valentin Todorov valentin.todorov@chello.at
Vanden Branden K, Hubert M (2005) Robust classification in high dimensions based on the SIMCA method. Chemometrics and Intellegent Laboratory Systems 79:10–21
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21  data(pottery)
dim(pottery) # 27 observations in 2 classes, 6 variables
head(pottery)
## Build the SIMCA model. Use RSimca for a robust version
rs < RSimca(origin~., data=pottery)
rs
summary(rs)
## generate a sample from the pottery data set 
## this will be the "new" data to be predicted
smpl < sample(1:nrow(pottery), 5)
test < pottery[smpl, 7] # extract the test sample. Remove the last (grouping) variable
print(test)
## predict new data
pr < predict(rs, newdata=test)
pr@classification

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