The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 164, Issue 1, pp 13–22

Reproduction of distance matrices and original time series from recurrence plots and their applications


DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2008-00830-8

Cite this article as:
Hirata, Y., Horai, S. & Aihara, K. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2008) 164: 13. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2008-00830-8


We propose a method to reproduce distance matrices and original time series from recurrence plots. The procedure is to (i)convert a recurrence plot to a weighted graph and (ii)calculate a distance between each pair of nodes on this weighted graph. We demonstrate this method by reproducing the topological shape of original time series. We also propose two applications. The first application is to obtain the maximal Lyapunov exponent from a recurrence plot without reproducing the shapes of original time series. The second application is to reconstruct a common deterministic driving force from observations of forced systems. Thus, the method opens new fields in data analysis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshito Hirata
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shunsuke Horai
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kazuyuki Aihara
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Aihara Complexity Modelling Project, ERATOJSTJapan
  2. 2.Institute of Industrial Science, The University of TokyoTokyoJapan