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Re: moments.c

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: moments.c
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 14:27:22 -0700
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Jason Stover <address@hidden> writes:

> On Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 01:20:05PM -0700, Ben Pfaff wrote:
>> > Second question: moments.c could also be made to compute correlations
>> > between variables in a single data pass. If changing it to do so
>> > doesn't make a mess of moments.c, does anyone mind if I make that
>> > modification, too?
>> Is there a logical or computational reason why correlations
>> should be integrated into moments instead of being a separate
>> module?
> Computing correlations, means and variances at the same time would
> eleminate at least one data pass. But computing them at the same time
> also would introduce a structure (or matrix) in the moments struct to
> store the correlations for each pair of variables. I don't know if the
> added complexity would be worth the benefit of eleminating data
> passes.
> If moments.c doesn't have a way to compute correlations, then to avoid
> the extra data passes, any procedure that needs correlations will have
> to compute them on its own.

I don't want to introduce any more data passes than necessary,
either, but I don't understand why integrating correlations into
moments would make a difference.

If correlations and moments are separate, you can compute them in
a single pass like this:

        for each case C do:

If correlations and moments are merged, you can compute them in a
single pass like this:

        for each case C do:

Is there some underlying issue that I don't understand?
Ben Pfaff

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