Macky - 9 months ago 44

R Question

I'm trying to apply MDS to a distance matrix based on disagreements (namely it is the "voting" dataset in the "HSAUR" package.) I'm trying to reduce it to 2 dimensions and plot without the cmdscale() function, but can't get the same result when I try to do it myself. Here is the code;

`library(HSAUR)`

n <- 15

deltaD = voting

deltaDstar = deltaD^2

I = matrix(0,n,n)

diag(I) <- 1

J = matrix(1,n,n)

H = I-n^-1*J

Q = -0.5*H%*%deltaDstar%*%H

reseigen = eigen(Q)

lambda = reseigen$values

E = reseigen$vectors

Lambda = matrix(0,n,n)

diag(Lambda) <- lambda

Yhat = E[,1:2]%*%Lambda[1:2,1:2]^1/2

Yhat

x1 <- Yhat[,1]

x2 <- Yhat[,2]

plot(x1, x2, type = "n", xlim=c(-10,5), ylim=c(-6,8), xlab = "Coordinate 1",

ylab = "Coordinate 2", asp=1)

text(x1, x2, rownames(deltaD), cex = 0.6)

I'm following the standart textbook notation. This is the data matrix

`[,1] [,2]`

[1,] -102.227945 0.1306901

[2,] -93.369153 46.4283081

[3,] 62.778582 -1.6069442

[4,] 30.708488 39.6033985

[5,] -59.614466 -17.4749816

[6,] -41.422942 -21.1382075

[7,] -94.185208 -5.0311437

[8,] 63.513501 -1.3529431

[9,] 72.856275 -0.3352204

[10,] 49.323040 -0.1241045

[11,] 54.595017 -4.7480531

[12,] 67.283718 -4.3435477

[13,] -53.094269 -28.0575071

[14,] 2.341299 -2.5952789

[15,] 40.514064 0.6455349

Compared to the one from cmdscale():

`[,1] [,2]`

Hunt(R) -9.1640883 0.02161894

Sandman(R) -8.3699537 7.68023459

Howard(D) 5.6277025 -0.26582292

Thompson(D) 2.7528216 6.55124865

Freylinghuysen(R) -5.3440596 -2.89073549

Forsythe(R) -3.7133046 -3.49671135

Widnall(R) -8.4431079 -0.83225871

Roe(D) 5.6935834 -0.22380571

Heltoski(D) 6.5311040 -0.05545261

Rodino(D) 4.4214984 -0.02052953

Minish(D) 4.8940977 -0.78542948

Rinaldo(R) 6.0315595 -0.71851563

Maraziti(R) -4.7595652 -4.64131141

Daniels(D) 0.2098827 -0.42931460

Patten(D) 3.6318295 0.10678526

They seem correlated but I don't understand what causes the different results. I would be glad to get a correction on the code. Thanks a lot in advance.

Answer Source

It's just about operator precedence: you need to change the line:

```
Yhat = E[,1:2]%*%Lambda[1:2,1:2]^1/2 # it's computing half of the dominant eigenvalues matrix
```

to

```
Yhat = E[,1:2]%*%Lambda[1:2,1:2]^(1/2) # take square-root of the dominant eigenvalues matrix
```

and then you get exactly same results as cmdscale:

```
Yhat
[,1] [,2]
[1,] -9.1640883 0.02161894
[2,] -8.3699537 7.68023459
[3,] 5.6277025 -0.26582292
[4,] 2.7528216 6.55124865
[5,] -5.3440596 -2.89073549
[6,] -3.7133046 -3.49671135
[7,] -8.4431079 -0.83225871
[8,] 5.6935834 -0.22380571
[9,] 6.5311040 -0.05545261
[10,] 4.4214984 -0.02052953
[11,] 4.8940977 -0.78542948
[12,] 6.0315595 -0.71851563
[13,] -4.7595652 -4.64131141
[14,] 0.2098827 -0.42931460
[15,] 3.6318295 0.10678526
```