Monthly numbers of sunspots, as from the World Data Center, aka SIDC. This is the version of the data that will occasionally be updated when new counts become available.
The univariate time series
sunspot.month contain 289 and 2988 observations, respectively.
The objects are of class
WDC-SILSO, Solar Influences Data Analysis Center (SIDC), Royal Observatory of Belgium, Av. Circulaire, 3, B-1180 BRUSSELS Currently at http://www.sidc.be/silso/datafiles
sunspot.month is a longer version of
the latter runs until 1983 and is kept fixed (for reproducibility as example
require(stats); require(graphics) ## Compare the monthly series plot (sunspot.month, main="sunspot.month & sunspots [package'datasets']", col=2) lines(sunspots) # -> faint differences where they overlap ## Now look at the difference : all(tsp(sunspots) [c(1,3)] == tsp(sunspot.month)[c(1,3)]) ## Start & Periodicity are the same n1 <- length(sunspots) table(eq <- sunspots == sunspot.month[1:n1]) #> 132 are different ! i <- which(!eq) rug(time(eq)[i]) s1 <- sunspots[i] ; s2 <- sunspot.month[i] cbind(i = i, time = time(sunspots)[i], sunspots = s1, ss.month = s2, perc.diff = round(100*2*abs(s1-s2)/(s1+s2), 1)) ## How to recreate the "old" sunspot.month (R <= 3.0.3): .sunspot.diff <- cbind( i = c(1202L, 1256L, 1258L, 1301L, 1407L, 1429L, 1452L, 1455L, 1663L, 2151L, 2329L, 2498L, 2594L, 2694L, 2819L), res10 = c(1L, 1L, 1L, -1L, -1L, -1L, 1L, -1L, 1L, 1L, 1L, 1L, 1L, 20L, 1L)) ssm0 <- sunspot.month[1:2988] with(as.data.frame(.sunspot.diff), ssm0[i] <<- ssm0[i] - res10/10) sunspot.month.0 <- ts(ssm0, start = 1749, frequency = 12)
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