Monthly Sunspot Data, from 1749 to "Present"

Monthly numbers of sunspots, as from the World Data Center, aka SIDC. This is the version of the data that will occasionally be updated when new counts become available.


The univariate time series sunspot.year and sunspot.month contain 289 and 2988 observations, respectively. The objects are of class "ts".

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sunspot.month is a longer version of sunspots; the latter runs until 1983 and is kept fixed (for reproducibility as example dataset).

  • sunspot.month
library(datasets) # NOT RUN { require(stats); require(graphics) ## Compare the monthly series plot (sunspot.month, main="sunspot.month & sunspots [package'datasets']", col=2) lines(sunspots) # -> faint differences where they overlap ## Now look at the difference : all(tsp(sunspots) [c(1,3)] == tsp(sunspot.month)[c(1,3)]) ## Start & Periodicity are the same n1 <- length(sunspots) table(eq <- sunspots == sunspot.month[1:n1]) #> 132 are different ! i <- which(!eq) rug(time(eq)[i]) s1 <- sunspots[i] ; s2 <- sunspot.month[i] cbind(i = i, time = time(sunspots)[i], sunspots = s1, ss.month = s2, perc.diff = round(100*2*abs(s1-s2)/(s1+s2), 1)) ## How to recreate the "old" sunspot.month (R <= 3.0.3): .sunspot.diff <- cbind( i = c(1202L, 1256L, 1258L, 1301L, 1407L, 1429L, 1452L, 1455L, 1663L, 2151L, 2329L, 2498L, 2594L, 2694L, 2819L), res10 = c(1L, 1L, 1L, -1L, -1L, -1L, 1L, -1L, 1L, 1L, 1L, 1L, 1L, 20L, 1L)) ssm0 <- sunspot.month[1:2988] with(, ssm0[i] <<- ssm0[i] - res10/10) sunspot.month.0 <- ts(ssm0, start = 1749, frequency = 12) # }
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