For a multitype point pattern, estimate the multitype \(K\) function which counts the expected number of other points of the process within a given distance of a point of type \(i\).

`Kdot(X, i, r=NULL, breaks=NULL, correction, ..., ratio=FALSE, from)`

X

The observed point pattern, from which an estimate of the multitype \(K\) function \(K_{i\bullet}(r)\) will be computed. It must be a multitype point pattern (a marked point pattern whose marks are a factor). See under Details.

i

The type (mark value)
of the points in `X`

from which distances are measured.
A character string (or something that will be converted to a
character string).
Defaults to the first level of `marks(X)`

.

r

numeric vector. The values of the argument \(r\) at which the distribution function \(K_{i\bullet}(r)\) should be evaluated. There is a sensible default. First-time users are strongly advised not to specify this argument. See below for important conditions on \(r\).

breaks

This argument is for internal use only.

correction

A character vector containing any selection of the
options `"border"`

, `"bord.modif"`

,
`"isotropic"`

, `"Ripley"`

, `"translate"`

,
`"translation"`

,
`"none"`

or `"best"`

.
It specifies the edge correction(s) to be applied.
Alternatively `correction="all"`

selects all options.

…

Ignored.

ratio

Logical.
If `TRUE`

, the numerator and denominator of
each edge-corrected estimate will also be saved,
for use in analysing replicated point patterns.

from

An alternative way to specify `i`

.

An object of class `"fv"`

(see `fv.object`

).

Essentially a data frame containing numeric columns

the values of the argument \(r\) at which the function \(K_{i\bullet}(r)\) has been estimated

the theoretical value of \(K_{i\bullet}(r)\) for a marked Poisson process, namely \(\pi r^2\)

If ratio=TRUE then the return value also has two attributes called "numerator" and "denominator" which are "fv" objects containing the numerators and denominators of each estimate of K(r).

The argument `i`

is interpreted as
a level of the factor `X$marks`

. It is converted to a character
string if it is not already a character string.
The value `i=1`

does **not**
refer to the first level of the factor.

The reduced sample estimator of \(K_{i\bullet}\) is pointwise approximately unbiased, but need not be a valid distribution function; it may not be a nondecreasing function of \(r\).

This function `Kdot`

and its companions
`Kcross`

and `Kmulti`

are generalisations of the function `Kest`

to multitype point patterns.

A multitype point pattern is a spatial pattern of points classified into a finite number of possible ``colours'' or ``types''. In the spatstat package, a multitype pattern is represented as a single point pattern object in which the points carry marks, and the mark value attached to each point determines the type of that point.

The argument `X`

must be a point pattern (object of class
`"ppp"`

) or any data that are acceptable to `as.ppp`

.
It must be a marked point pattern, and the mark vector
`X$marks`

must be a factor.

The argument `i`

will be interpreted as a
level of the factor `X$marks`

.
If `i`

is missing, it defaults to the first
level of the marks factor, `i = levels(X$marks)[1]`

.

The ``type \(i\) to any type'' multitype \(K\) function of a stationary multitype point process \(X\) is defined so that \(\lambda K_{i\bullet}(r)\) equals the expected number of additional random points within a distance \(r\) of a typical point of type \(i\) in the process \(X\). Here \(\lambda\) is the intensity of the process, i.e. the expected number of points of \(X\) per unit area. The function \(K_{i\bullet}\) is determined by the second order moment properties of \(X\).

An estimate of \(K_{i\bullet}(r)\) is a useful summary statistic in exploratory data analysis of a multitype point pattern. If the subprocess of type \(i\) points were independent of the subprocess of points of all types not equal to \(i\), then \(K_{i\bullet}(r)\) would equal \(\pi r^2\). Deviations between the empirical \(K_{i\bullet}\) curve and the theoretical curve \(\pi r^2\) may suggest dependence between types.

This algorithm estimates the distribution function \(K_{i\bullet}(r)\)
from the point pattern `X`

. It assumes that `X`

can be treated
as a realisation of a stationary (spatially homogeneous)
random spatial point process in the plane, observed through
a bounded window.
The window (which is specified in `X`

as `Window(X)`

)
may have arbitrary shape.
Biases due to edge effects are
treated in the same manner as in `Kest`

,
using the chosen edge correction(s).

The argument `r`

is the vector of values for the
distance \(r\) at which \(K_{i\bullet}(r)\) should be evaluated.
The values of \(r\) must be increasing nonnegative numbers
and the maximum \(r\) value must not exceed the radius of the
largest disc contained in the window.

The pair correlation function can also be applied to the
result of `Kdot`

; see `pcf`

.

Cressie, N.A.C. *Statistics for spatial data*.
John Wiley and Sons, 1991.

Diggle, P.J. *Statistical analysis of spatial point patterns*.
Academic Press, 1983.

Harkness, R.D and Isham, V. (1983)
A bivariate spatial point pattern of ants' nests.
*Applied Statistics* **32**, 293--303

Lotwick, H. W. and Silverman, B. W. (1982).
Methods for analysing spatial processes of several types of points.
*J. Royal Statist. Soc. Ser. B* **44**, 406--413.

Ripley, B.D. *Statistical inference for spatial processes*.
Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Stoyan, D, Kendall, W.S. and Mecke, J.
*Stochastic geometry and its applications*.
2nd edition. Springer Verlag, 1995.

```
# NOT RUN {
# Lansing woods data: 6 types of trees
woods <- lansing
# }
# NOT RUN {
Kh. <- Kdot(woods, "hickory")
# diagnostic plot for independence between hickories and other trees
plot(Kh.)
# }
# NOT RUN {
# synthetic example with two marks "a" and "b"
pp <- runifpoispp(50)
pp <- pp %mark% factor(sample(c("a","b"), npoints(pp), replace=TRUE))
K <- Kdot(pp, "a")
# }
```

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