Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Correlation MDS-space plots added to raster.cor.plot

Here's a handy little visualization when you're interested in the correlations between your rasters.  Basically it takes the matrix of absolute values of correlation coefficients for a set of rasters, turns it into a distance matrix, and then does MDS scaling on it.  The resulting coordinates are turned into a nice little plot, where highly correlated variables are plotted closer to each other than more uncorrelated variables.  It's a good way to eyeball relationships during variable selection.  Here's one for a set of 20 bioclimatic variables.

Currently this is on the develop branch on GitHub, but I'll be merging it into the master branch as soon as it passes through testing.

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