corSpatial {nlme}R Documentation

Spatial Correlation Structure


This function is a constructor for the corSpatial class, representing a spatial correlation structure. This class is "virtual", having four "real" classes, corresponding to specific spatial correlation structures, associated with it: corExp, corGaus, corLin, corRatio, and corSpher. The returned object will inherit from one of these "real" classes, determined by the type argument, and from the "virtual" corSpatial class. Objects created using this constructor must later be initialized using the appropriate Initialize method.


corSpatial(value, form, nugget, type, metric, fixed)


value an optional vector with the parameter values in constrained form. If nugget is FALSE, value can have only one element, corresponding to the "range" of the spatial correlation structure, which must be greater than zero. If nugget is TRUE, meaning that a nugget effect is present, value can contain one or two elements, the first being the "range" and the second the "nugget effect" (one minus the correlation between two observations taken arbitrarily close together); the first must be greater than zero and the second must be between zero and one. Defaults to numeric(0), which results in a range of 90% of the minimum distance and a nugget effect of 0.1 being assigned to the parameters when object is initialized.
form a one sided formula of the form ~ S1+...+Sp, or ~ S1+...+Sp | g, specifying spatial covariates S1 through Sp and, optionally, a grouping factor g. When a grouping factor is present in form, the correlation structure is assumed to apply only to observations within the same grouping level; observations with different grouping levels are assumed to be uncorrelated. Defaults to ~ 1, which corresponds to using the order of the observations in the data as a covariate, and no groups.
nugget an optional logical value indicating whether a nugget effect is present. Defaults to FALSE.
type an optional character string specifying the desired type of correlation structure. Available types include "spherical", "exponential", "gaussian", "linear", and "rational". See the documentation on the functions corSpher, corExp, corGaus, corLin, and corRatio for a description of these correlation structures. Partial matching of arguments is used, so only the first character needs to be provided.Defaults to "spherical".
metric an optional character string specifying the distance metric to be used. The currently available options are "euclidean" for the root sum-of-squares of distances; "maximum" for the maximum difference; and "manhattan" for the sum of the absolute differences. Partial matching of arguments is used, so only the first three characters need to be provided. Defaults to "euclidean".
fixed an optional logical value indicating whether the coefficients should be allowed to vary in the optimization, or kept fixed at their initial value. Defaults to FALSE, in which case the coefficients are allowed to vary.


an object of class determined by the type argument and also inheriting from class corSpatial, representing a spatial correlation structure.


Jose Pinheiro and Douglas Bates


Cressie, N.A.C. (1993), "Statistics for Spatial Data", J. Wiley & Sons. Venables, W.N. and Ripley, B.D. (1997) "Modern Applied Statistics with S-plus", 2nd Edition, Springer-Verlag. Littel, Milliken, Stroup, and Wolfinger (1996) "SAS Systems for Mixed Models", SAS Institute.

See Also

corExp, corGaus, corLin, corRatio, corSpher, Initialize.corStruct, dist


sp1 <- corSpatial(form = ~ x + y + z, type = "g", metric = "man")

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