circular.averaging {SDMTools}R Documentation

Circular Averaging based on Vector Averaging

Description

circular.averaging calculates the average direction (0 - 360) given a vector of directions.

vector.averaging calculates the average distance and direction given a vector of directions and a vector of distances.

Usage

circular.averaging(direction, deg = TRUE)

vector.averaging(direction, distance, deg = TRUE)

Arguments

direction

a vector of directions given in degrees (0 - 360) if deg==TRUE or in radians if deg==FALSE

distance

a vector of distances associated with each direction

deg

a boolean object defining if direction is in degrees (TRUE) or radians (FALSE)

Details

functions return NA if the average distance or direction is not valid... e.g., when averaging directions of 0 & 180 degrees, the result could theoretically be 90 or 270 but is practically neither.

Value

circular.averaging returns the average direction while vector.averaging returns a list with 2 elements distance & direction

Author(s)

Jeremy VanDerWal jjvanderwal@gmail.com & Lorena Falconi lorefalconi@gmail.com

Examples

#EXAMPLE circular.averaging
circular.averaging(c(0,90,180,270)) #result is NA
circular.averaging(c(70,82,96,110,119,259))

#EXAMPLE vector.averaging
vector.averaging(c(10,20,70,78,108), distance=10)
vector.averaging(c(159,220,258,273,310),distance=runif(5))

[Package SDMTools version 1.1-221 Index]