plot.skewsymmetry {asymmetry}R Documentation

Plotting method for the skew-symmetric part of an asymmetric matrix

Description

This plotting method provides a multidimensional representation of skew-symmetry based on the singular value decomposition (SVD). The properties of the SVD of a skew-symmetric matrix were given by Gower (1977). In addition, this paper also provides guidelines for interpretation of the diagrams obtained by plotting the pairs of singular vectors. These singular vectors come in pairs with equal singular values. The diagrams are not interpreted by comparing distances between point as is usual in multidimensional scaling, but by comparing areas formed by two points and the origin. The singular vectors span a plane, and the area of the triangle between two points and the origin represents skew-symmetry. The sign of the skew-symmetry between two points is modelled by a direction in the plane. Going clockwise the area between two points and the origin is negative, goint counter clockwise the area is positive.

Usage

## S3 method for class 'skewsymmetry'
plot(x, plot.plane = 1, yplus = 0, xlab, ylab, ...)

Arguments

x

An object of class skewsymmetry

plot.plane

Integer indicating which plane to plot

yplus

Offset for the labels above the object points

xlab

Label for the x-axis

ylab

Label for the y-axis

...

Further plot arguments

References

Gower, J.C. (1977) The analysis of asymmetry and orthogonality. In: Recent Developments in Statistics ( J. Barra, F. Brodeau, G. Romier & B. van Cutsem, Eds.), 109-123. North Holland, Amsterdam.


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