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AuthorsBaxter, M.J. - Cool, H.E.M. -
Title Correspondence Analysis in R for archaeologists: an educational account
VolumeArcheologia e Calcolatori n. XXI - 2010
Pagespp. 211-228
URLhttp://www.archcalc.cnr.it/indice/PDF21/11_Baxter_Cool.pdf
PublisherEdizioni All'Insegna del Giglio
SubjectStatistics
SubjectData dissemination and education
AbstractCorrespondence Analysis (CA) is a popular tool for archaeological data analysis, appropriate for use with tables of non-negative number. The technique allows the visual display of the associations between the rows and between the columns of a data matrix, and the relationships between them. Archaeologists with this kind of data often have no problem in understanding the ideas behind CA, but with limited training in statistics may have problems in implementing it. Commercial, menu driven, statistical software packages of the type used for service teaching in universities are expensive and restrictive in the way results from a CA can be presented. Archaeologists outside the university sector may not have access to such software. This paper is a guide to how the open-source software R can be used to undertake CA. R is a sophisticated, 'state-of-the-art' package that is constantly updated. It is not menu driven and can seem forbidding to new users. The paper provides a detailed account, ranging from installation of the package through to real applications of CA, that has helped, and we hope will continue to help, encourage the use of CA among archaeologists who have previously been discouraged from engaging with it.
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