[tlocoh-info] Dealing with multiple datasets Digest, Vol 6, Issue 8
tjanke at sulross.edu
Tue May 27 22:48:21 CEST 2014
I appreciate the response and help. I am still confused on the methods of computing a 's' and 'a' value for all of my datasets. Do I need to merge the data into 1 CSV doc and separate them by a Freq column, or do I need to individually load the datasets and run one-by-one or at the same time?
Also, I have read and practiced the tutorial, it was helpful, but still only looked at one animal's data set in that example.
As far as the coordinate system, I believe I am going to have everything calculated in UTMs. I will also try and figure out the resampling protocol to work with all of my datasets.
Thanks and have a good one,
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I was also recently thinking on how to deal with multiple
Thanks to Wayne´s and Andy´s responses I could get my head around it.
The short version (at least in my case) is:
Either use the same parameter values for all individuals or the same
technique (the same treshold) to select the paramter values.
You find the full responses here (see point 1):
For me a good way to get started with was to follow the Tutorial on
the TLoCoH homepage with my own data.
In the tutorial most initial issues are covered (coordinate systems,
data import). Have you already seen it?
Regarding coordinate system: I think you have to decide on one. Maybe
it´s best to use the coordinate system of your environmental data. If
you are working with raster data, it´s nice to avoid reprojecting
them. While reprojecting trajectories or points is quite straight
forward, raster reprojection involves two steps 1) project the cell
centers into the new CRS 2) resample the cell values into a regular
grid system. So, I always choose to reproject points, lines, polygons
and not raster.
If you have differing sampling schemes, you can resample the data to a
common frequency (using xy.thin.byfreq).
> ibex.4h.lxy <- lxy.thin.byfreq (ibex.lxy, trim.ends=FALSE, samp.freq=14400, status=T)
# resamples my data on ibex, with sampling frequencies of 10 min, 2 h
and 4 h to a common interval of 4 h (14400 seconds)
As far as I understood it, differing data set sizes (e.g. 1 month
compared to 2 years) are not problematic, because if you include time
in your analysis (s > 0), two points have to be close in time as well
as close in space to be considered as nearest neighbours. Of course,
if you are comparing individuals, the times (biological seasons) have
to be matched between individuals and you have to have enough
locations for nearest neighbours calculations (I chose to include only
indiv. with more than 90 fixes after resampling to a common
Hope it helps a bit.
Good luck with your analysis!
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> My name is Thomas Janke. I am a graduate student at Sul Ross State
>University in west Texas working for the Borderlands Research
>Institute. Over the past 3 years, I have been monitoring the
>movements and survival of reintroduced desert bighorn sheep to part
>of their historic range. Now comes time for the analysis and writing.
> After diving into past research and methodology, I knew I wanted to
>do more than just create and compare MCPs or KDEs to begin describing
>my research. Which brings me to you and your T_LoCoH software. I
>believe it is great y'all were able to create a software package that
>incorporates time into the analysis.
> I am new to this software, but am willing to do what it takes to
>become more familiarized with it and be able to incorporate it into
>my data analysis. I have read your dissertation, your Home Range Plus
>publication, and the overview of the T_LoCoH program, along with
>following through with the example sets. Now its time for me to start
>analyzing my data.
> We conducted 2 consecutive releases (2010 & 2011) for this
>restoration effort. I currently have data from 54 GPS collars, with
>data collection ranging from <1wk to >2yrs. Over the course of the
>study, we used 3 different types of collars (all of which have
>differing data formats). The 2010 released collars collected data in
>Lat/Long and were programmed to obtain a location every 3 hours. The
>2011 released collars collected data in UTMs and were programmed to
>collect a location every 5 hours.
> I would ultimately like to compare the movements and UDs by release
>year, sex, and time of year (ecological seasons). I would also like
>to use the GPS data to see if there are any preferred habitats (e.g.
>slope, aspect, terrain ruggedness, etc.) for the previously mentioned
>comparisons. It would also be great to be able to delineate 'travel
>corridor(s)' from the GPS data (esp. the sheep that were documented
>crossing international borders).
> How do I need to go about entering and analyzing all of my data? Is
>there a way to compute an 's', and an 'a or k' value that can be used
>on all of the sheep, or will I have to determine individual values?
>If I am able to combine the data sets, how to I need to go about the
>different coordinate systems? How do I deal with differing data set
>sizes (e.g. 1 month compared to 2 years) or collars that had
>different acquisition rates?
> Any help you're able to give would be most appreciated.
> Thanks and have a good one,
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