Tools for compositional data with a total

Pawlowsky-Glahn, Vera, Egozcue, Juan José, & Lovell, David (2014) Tools for compositional data with a total. Statistical Modelling, 15(2), pp. 175-190.

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Abstract

Compositional data analysis usually deals with relative information between parts where the total (abundances, mass, amount, etc.) is unknown or uninformative. This article addresses the question of what to do when the total is known and is of interest. Tools used in this case are reviewed and analysed, in particular the relationship between the positive orthant of D-dimensional real space, the product space of the real line times the D-part simplex, and their Euclidean space structures. The first alternative corresponds to data analysis taking logarithms on each component, and the second one to treat a log-transformed total jointly with a composition describing the distribution of component amounts. Real data about total abundances of phytoplankton in an Australian river motivated the present study and are used for illustration.

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ID Code: 93440
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Aitchison geometry, Euclidean isometry, ilr coordinates, product space, simplex
DOI: 10.1177/1471082X14535526
ISSN: 1477-0342
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2016 22:32
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2016 03:16

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