slidevector {asymmetry} R Documentation

## The slide-vector model

### Description

The slide-vector model is a multidimensional scaling model for asymmetric proximity data. Here, an asymmetric distance model is fitted to the data, where the asymmetry in the data is represented by the projections of the coordinates of the objects onto the slide-vector. The slide-vector points in the direction of large asymmetries in the data. The interpretation of asymmetry in this model is aided by the use of projections of points onto the slide-vector. The distance from i to j is larger if the point $i$ has a higher projection onto the slide-vector than the distance from j to i. If the line connecting two points is perpendicular to the slide-vector the difference between the two projections is zero. In this case the distance between the two points is symmetric. The algorithm for fitting this model is derived from the majorization approach to multidimensional scaling.

d_{ij}(X)=\sqrt{\sum_{s=1}^p(x_{is}-x_{js}+z_{s})^2}.

### Usage

slidevector(data, weight = NULL, ndim = 2, verbose = FALSE, itmax = 125, eps = 1e-12)


### Arguments

 data Asymmetric dissimilarity matrix weight Optional non-negative matrix with weights, if no weights are given all weights are set equal to one ndim Number of dimensions verbose If TRUE, print the history of iterations itmax Maximum number of iterations eps Convergence criterion for the algorithm

### Details

The slide-vector model is a special case of the unfolding model. Therefore, the algorithm for fitting this model is a constrained unfolding model. The coordinates of the objects are calculated by minimizing a least squares loss function. This loss function is called stress in the multidimensional scaling literature. The stress is minimized by a version of the SMACOF algorithm. The main output are the configuration of points and the slide-vector.

### Value

 ndim Number of dimensions stress The raw stress for this model confi Returns the configuration matrix of this multidimensional scaling model niter The number of iterations for the algorithm to converge nobj The number of observations in this model resid A matrix with raw residuals slvec Coordinates of the slide-vector model Name of this asymmetric multidimensional scaling model

### References

Zielman, B., and Heiser, W. J. (1993), The analysis of asymmetry by a slide-vector, Psychometrika, 58, 101-114.

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