# varclus

##### Variable Clustering

Does a hierarchical cluster analysis on variables, using the Hoeffding
D statistic, squared Pearson or Spearman correlations, or proportion
of observations for which two variables are both positive as similarity
measures. Variable clustering is used for assessing collinearity,
redundancy, and for separating variables into clusters that can be
scored as a single variable, thus resulting in data reduction. For
computing any of the three similarity measures, pairwise deletion of
NAs is done. The clustering is done by `hclust()`

. A small function
`naclus`

is also provided which depicts similarities in which
observations are missing for variables in a data frame. The
similarity measure is the fraction of `NAs`

in common between any two
variables. The diagonals of this `sim`

matrix are the fraction of NAs
in each variable by itself. `naclus`

also computes `na.per.obs`

, the
number of missing variables in each observation, and `mean.na`

, a
vector whose ith element is the mean number of missing variables other
than variable i, for observations in which variable i is missing. The
`naplot`

function makes several plots (see the `which`

argument).

So as to not generate too many dummy variables for multi-valued
character or categorical predictors, `varclus`

will automatically
combine infrequent cells of such variables using an auxiliary
function `combine.levels`

that is defined here. If all values of
`x`

are `NA`

, `combine.levels`

returns a numeric vector
is returned that is all `NA`

.

`plotMultSim`

plots multiple similarity matrices, with the similarity
measure being on the x-axis of each subplot.

`na.pattern`

prints a frequency table of all combinations of
missingness for multiple variables. If there are 3 variables, a
frequency table entry labeled `110`

corresponds to the number of
observations for which the first and second variables were missing but
the third variable was not missing.

- Keywords
- multivariate, manip, cluster, category

##### Usage

```
varclus(x, similarity=c("spearman","pearson","hoeffding","bothpos","ccbothpos"),
type=c("data.matrix","similarity.matrix"),
method="complete",
data=NULL, subset=NULL, na.action=na.retain,
trans=c("square", "abs", "none"), ...)
# S3 method for varclus
print(x, abbrev=FALSE, ...)
# S3 method for varclus
plot(x, ylab, abbrev=FALSE, legend.=FALSE, loc, maxlen, labels, …)
```naclus(df, method)
naplot(obj, which=c('all','na per var','na per obs','mean na',
'na per var vs mean na'), …)

combine.levels(x, minlev=.05)

plotMultSim(s, x=1:dim(s)[3],
slim=range(pretty(c(0,max(s,na.rm=TRUE)))),
slimds=FALSE,
add=FALSE, lty=par('lty'), col=par('col'),
lwd=par('lwd'), vname=NULL, h=.5, w=.75, u=.05,
labelx=TRUE, xspace=.35)

na.pattern(x)

##### Arguments

- x
a formula, a numeric matrix of predictors, or a similarity matrix. If

`x`

is a formula,`model.matrix`

is used to convert it to a design matrix. If the formula excludes an intercept (e.g.,`~ a + b -1`

), the first categorical (`factor`

) variable in the formula will have dummy variables generated for all levels instead of omitting one for the first level. For`combine.levels`

,`x`

is a character, category, or factor vector (or other vector that is converted to factor). For`plot`

and`print`

,`x`

is an object created by`varclus`

. For`na.pattern`

,`x`

is a list, data frame, or numeric matrix.For

`plotMultSim`

, is a numeric vector specifying the ordered unique values on the x-axis, corresponding to the third dimension of`s`

.- df
a data frame

- s
an array of similarity matrices. The third dimension of this array corresponds to different computations of similarities. The first two dimensions come from a single similarity matrix. This is useful for displaying similarity matrices computed by

`varclus`

, for example. A use for this might be to show pairwise similarities of variables across time in a longitudinal study (see the example below). If`vname`

is not given,`s`

must have`dimnames`

.- similarity
the default is to use squared Spearman correlation coefficients, which will detect monotonic but nonlinear relationships. You can also specify linear correlation or Hoeffding's (1948) D statistic, which has the advantage of being sensitive to many types of dependence, including highly non-monotonic relationships. For binary data, or data to be made binary,

`similarity="bothpos"`

uses as a similarity measure the proportion of observations for which two variables are both positive.`similarity="ccbothpos"`

uses a chance-corrected measure which is the proportion of observations for which both variables are positive minus the product of the two marginal proportions. This difference is expected to be zero under independence. For diagonals,`"ccbothpos"`

still uses the proportion of positives for the single variable. So`"ccbothpos"`

is not really a similarity measure, and clustering is not done. This measure is useful for plotting with`plotMultSim`

(see the last example).- type
if

`x`

is not a formula, it may be a data matrix or a similarity matrix. By default, it is assumed to be a data matrix.- method
see

`hclust`

. The default, for both`varclus`

and`naclus`

, is`"compact"`

(for R it is`"complete"`

).- data
- subset
- na.action
These may be specified if

`x`

is a formula. The default`na.action`

is`na.retain`

, defined by`varclus`

. This causes all observations to be kept in the model frame, with later pairwise deletion of`NA`

s.- trans
By default, when the similarity measure is based on Pearson's or Spearman's correlation coefficients, the coefficients are squared. Specify

`trans="abs"`

to take absolute values or`trans="none"`

to use the coefficients as they stand.- ...
for

`varclus`

these are optional arguments to pass to the`dataframeReduce`

function. Otherwise, passed to`plclust`

(or to`dotchart`

or`dotchart2`

for`naplot`

).- ylab
y-axis label. Default is constructed on the basis of

`similarity`

.- legend.
set to

`TRUE`

to plot a legend defining the abbreviations- loc
a list with elements

`x`

and`y`

defining coordinates of the upper left corner of the legend. Default is`locator(1)`

.- maxlen
if a legend is plotted describing abbreviations, original labels longer than

`maxlen`

characters are truncated at`maxlen`

.- labels
a vector of character strings containing labels corresponding to columns in the similar matrix, if the column names of that matrix are not to be used

- obj
an object created by

`naclus`

- which
defaults to

`"all"`

meaning to have`naplot`

make 4 separate plots. To make only one of the plots, use`which="na per var"`

(dot chart of fraction of NAs for each variable), ,`"na per obs"`

(dot chart showing frequency distribution of number of variables having NAs in an observation),`"mean na"`

(dot chart showing mean number of other variables missing when the indicated variable is missing), or`"na per var vs mean na"`

, a scatterplot showing on the x-axis the fraction of NAs in the variable and on the y-axis the mean number of other variables that are NA when the indicated variable is NA.- minlev
the minimum proportion of observations in a cell before that cell is combined with one or more cells. If more than one cell has fewer than minlev*n observations, all such cells are combined into a new cell labeled

`"OTHER"`

. Otherwise, the lowest frequency cell is combined with the next lowest frequency cell, and the level name is the combination of the two old level levels.- abbrev
set to

`TRUE`

to abbreviate variable names for plotting or printing. Is set to`TRUE`

automatically if`legend=TRUE`

.- slim
2-vector specifying the range of similarity values for scaling the y-axes. By default this is the observed range over all of

`s`

.- slimds
set to

`slimds`

to`TRUE`

to scale diagonals and off-diagonals separately- add
set to

`TRUE`

to add similarities to an existing plot (usually specifying`lty`

or`col`

)- lty
- col
- lwd
line type, color, or line thickness for

`plotMultSim`

- vname
optional vector of variable names, in order, used in

`s`

- h
relative height for subplot

- w
relative width for subplot

- u
relative extra height and width to leave unused inside the subplot. Also used as the space between y-axis tick mark labels and graph border.

- labelx
set to

`FALSE`

to suppress drawing of labels in the x direction- xspace
amount of space, on a scale of 1:

`n`

where`n`

is the number of variables, to set aside for y-axis labels

##### Details

`options(contrasts= c("contr.treatment", "contr.poly"))`

is issued
temporarily by `varclus`

to make sure that ordinary dummy variables
are generated for `factor`

variables. Pass arguments to the
`dataframeReduce`

function to remove problematic variables
(especially if analyzing all variables in a data frame).

##### Value

for `varclus`

or `naclus`

, a list of class `varclus`

with elements
`call`

(containing the calling statement), `sim`

(similarity matrix),
`n`

(sample size used if `x`

was not a correlation matrix already -
`n`

is a matrix), `hclust`

, the object created by `hclust`

,
`similarity`

, and `method`

. `naclus`

also returns the
two vectors listed under
description, and `naplot`

returns an invisible vector that is the
frequency table of the number of missing variables per observation.
`plotMultSim`

invisibly returns the limits of similarities used in
constructing the y-axes of each subplot. For `similarity="ccbothpos"`

the `hclust`

object is `NULL`

.

`na.pattern`

creates an integer vector of frequencies.

##### Side Effects

plots

##### References

Sarle, WS: The VARCLUS Procedure. SAS/STAT User's Guide, 4th Edition, 1990. Cary NC: SAS Institute, Inc.

Hoeffding W. (1948): A non-parametric test of independence. Ann Math Stat 19:546--57.

##### See Also

`hclust`

, `plclust`

, `hoeffd`

, `rcorr`

, `cor`

, `model.matrix`

,
`locator`

, `na.pattern`

##### Examples

```
# NOT RUN {
set.seed(1)
x1 <- rnorm(200)
x2 <- rnorm(200)
x3 <- x1 + x2 + rnorm(200)
x4 <- x2 + rnorm(200)
x <- cbind(x1,x2,x3,x4)
v <- varclus(x, similarity="spear") # spearman is the default anyway
v # invokes print.varclus
print(round(v$sim,2))
plot(v)
# plot(varclus(~ age + sys.bp + dias.bp + country - 1), abbrev=TRUE)
# the -1 causes k dummies to be generated for k countries
# plot(varclus(~ age + factor(disease.code) - 1))
#
#
# use varclus(~., data= fracmiss= maxlevels= minprev=) to analyze all
# "useful" variables - see dataframeReduce for details about arguments
df <- data.frame(a=c(1,2,3),b=c(1,2,3),c=c(1,2,NA),d=c(1,NA,3),
e=c(1,NA,3),f=c(NA,NA,NA),g=c(NA,2,3),h=c(NA,NA,3))
par(mfrow=c(2,2))
for(m in c("ward","complete","median")) {
plot(naclus(df, method=m))
title(m)
}
naplot(naclus(df))
n <- naclus(df)
plot(n); naplot(n)
na.pattern(df) # builtin function
x <- c(1, rep(2,11), rep(3,9))
combine.levels(x)
x <- c(1, 2, rep(3,20))
combine.levels(x)
# plotMultSim example: Plot proportion of observations
# for which two variables are both positive (diagonals
# show the proportion of observations for which the
# one variable is positive). Chance-correct the
# off-diagonals by subtracting the product of the
# marginal proportions. On each subplot the x-axis
# shows month (0, 4, 8, 12) and there is a separate
# curve for females and males
d <- data.frame(sex=sample(c('female','male'),1000,TRUE),
month=sample(c(0,4,8,12),1000,TRUE),
x1=sample(0:1,1000,TRUE),
x2=sample(0:1,1000,TRUE),
x3=sample(0:1,1000,TRUE))
s <- array(NA, c(3,3,4))
opar <- par(mar=c(0,0,4.1,0)) # waste less space
for(sx in c('female','male')) {
for(i in 1:4) {
mon <- (i-1)*4
s[,,i] <- varclus(~x1 + x2 + x3, sim='ccbothpos', data=d,
subset=d$month==mon & d$sex==sx)$sim
}
plotMultSim(s, c(0,4,8,12), vname=c('x1','x2','x3'),
add=sx=='male', slimds=TRUE,
lty=1+(sx=='male'))
# slimds=TRUE causes separate scaling for diagonals and
# off-diagonals
}
par(opar)
# }
```

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