The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 164, Issue 1, pp 45–53 | Cite as

Selection of recurrence threshold for signal detection

  • S. SchinkelEmail author
  • O. Dimigen
  • N. Marwan


Over the last years recurrence plots (RPs)and recurrence quantification analysis (RQA)have become quite popular in various branches of science. One key problem in applying RPs and RQA is the selection of suitable parameters for the data under investigation. Whereas various well-established methods for the selection of embedding parameters exists, the question of choosing an appropriate threshold has not yet been answered satisfactorily. The recommendations found in the literature are rather rules of thumb than actual guidelines. In this paper we address the issue of threshold selection in RP/RQA. The core criterion for choosing a threshold is the power in signal detection that threshold yields. We will validate our approach by applying it to model as well as real-life data.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Receiver Operating Characteristic Receiver Operating Characteristic Curve Recurrence Plot Phase Space Trajectory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Centre for Dynamics of Complex Systems, University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  3. 3.Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)PotsdamGermany

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