Quotation Hahsler, Michael, Hornik, Kurt, Buchta, Christian. 2008. Getting things in order: An introduction to the R package seriation. Journal of Statistical Software 25 (3): 1-34. http://www.jstatsoft.org/v25/i03.




Seriation, i.e., finding a linear order for a set of objects given data and a loss or merit function, is a basic problem in data analysis. Caused by the problem's combinatorial nature, it is hard to solve for all but very small sets. Nevertheless, both exact solution methods and heuristics are available. In this paper we present the package seriation which provides the infrastructure for seriation with R. The infrastructure comprises data structures to represent linear orders as permutation vectors, a wide array of seriation methods using a consistent interface, a method to calculate the value of various loss and merit functions, and several visualization techniques which build on seriation. To illustrate how easily the package can be applied for a variety of applications, a comprehensive collection of examples is presented.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication eJournal article
Journal Journal of Statistical Software
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A
Language English
Title Getting things in order: An introduction to the R package seriation
Volume 25
Number 3
Year 2008
Pages 1-34
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.jstatsoft.org/v25/i03


Hahsler, Michael (Former researcher)
Hornik, Kurt (Details)
Buchta, Christian (Details)
Institute for Service Marketing and Tourism IN (Details)
Institute for Data, Process and Knowledge Management (AE Mendling) (Details)
Institute for Statistics and Mathematics IN (Details)
Research Institute for Computational Methods FI (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1100 Mathematics, information technology (Details)
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