interp.loess: Lowess 2-d interpolation onto a uniform grid

Description Usage Arguments Details Value Note Author(s) References See Also Examples

Description

Use the loess function to interpolate the two-dimensional x, y, and z data onto a uniform grid. The output produced is an object directly usable by the plotting functions persp, image, and contour, etc.

This function is designed as an alternative to the interp functions from the akima library.

Usage

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interp.loess(x, y, z, gridlen = c(40,40), span = 0.1, ...)

Arguments

x

Vector of X spatial input locations

y

Vector of Y spatial input locations

z

Vector of Z responses interpreted as Z = f(X,Y)

gridlen

Size of the interpolated grid to be produced in x and y. The default of gridlen = c(40,40) causes a 40 * 40 grid of X, Y, and Z values to be computed.

span

Kernel span argument to the loess function with default setting span = 0.1 set significantly lower than the the loess default – see note below.

...

Further arguments to be passed to the loess function

Details

Uses expand.grid function to produce a uniform grid of size gridlen with domain equal to the rectangle implied by X and Y. Then, a loess a smoother is fit to the data Z = f(X,Y). Finally, predict.loess is used to predict onto the grid.

Value

The output is a list compatible with the 2-d plotting functions persp, image, and contour, etc.

The list contains...

x

Vector of with length(x) == gridlen of increasing X grid locations

y

Vector of with length(y) == gridlen of increasing Y grid locations

z

matrix of interpolated responses Z = f(X,Y) where z[i,j] contains an estimate of f(x[i],y[j])

Note

As mentioned above, the default span = 0.1 parameter is significantly smaller that the default loess setting. This asserts a tacit assumption that the input is densely packed and that the noise in z's is small. Such should be the case when the data are output from a tgp regression – this function was designed specifically for this situation. For data that is random or sparse, simply choose higher setting, e.g., the default loess setting of span = 0.75, or a more intermediate setting of span = 0.5 as in the example below

Author(s)

Robert B. Gramacy, rbg@vt.edu, and Matt Taddy, mataddy@amazon.com

References

https://bobby.gramacy.com/r_packages/tgp/

See Also

interp, loess, persp, image, contour

Examples

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# random data
ed <- exp2d.rand()

# higher span = 0.5 required because the data is sparse
# and was generated randomly
ed.g <- interp.loess(ed$X[,1], ed$X[,2], ed$Z, span=0.5)

# perspective plot
persp(ed.g)

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