Evaluating rescaled range analysis for time series
 James B. Bassingthwaighte,
 Gary M. Raymond M.D., Ph.D.
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Rescaled range analysis is a means of characterizing a time series or a onedimensional (1D) spatial signal that provides simultaneously a measure of variance and of the longterm correlation or “memory,” The trendcorrected method is based on the statistical selfsimilarity in the signal: in the standard approach one measures the ratioR/S on the rangeR of the sum of the deviations from the local mean divided by the standard deviationS from the mean. For fractal signalsR/S is a power law function of the length τ of each segment of the set of segments into which the data set has been divided. Over a wide range of τ's the relationship is:R/S=aτ ^{M}, wherek is a scalar and theH is the Hurst exponent. (For a 1D signalf(t), the exponentH=2D, withD being the fractal dimension.) The method has been tested extensively on fractional Brownian signals of knownH to determine its accuracy, bias, and limitations.R/S tends to give biased estimates ofH, too low forH>0.72, and too high forH<0.72. Hurst analysis without trend correction differs by finding the rangeR of accumulation of differences from the global mean over the total period of data accumulation, rather than from the mean over each τ. The trendcorrected method gives better estimates ofH on Brownian fractal signals of knownH whenH≥0.5, that is, for signals with positive correlations between neighboring elements. Rescaled range analysis has poor convergence properties, requiring about 2,000 points for 5% accuracy and 200 for 10% accuracy. Empirical corrections to the estimates ofH can be made by graphical interpolation to remove bias in the estimates. Hurst's 1951 conclusion that many natural phenomena exhibit not random but correlated time series is strongly affirmed.
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 Title
 Evaluating rescaled range analysis for time series
 Journal

Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Volume 22, Issue 4 , pp 432444
 Cover Date
 19940701
 DOI
 10.1007/BF02368250
 Print ISSN
 00906964
 Online ISSN
 15739686
 Publisher
 Kluwer Academic Publishers
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 Fractal analysis
 Signal analysis
 Spatial correlation
 Temporal correlation
 Filtering
 Smoothing
 Memory in noisy signals
 Hurst coefficient
 Fractal dimension
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 James B. Bassingthwaighte ^{(1)}
 Gary M. Raymond M.D., Ph.D. ^{(1)}
 Author Affiliations

 1. Center for Bioengineering, WD12, University of Washington, 98195, Seattle, WA