# [R] More of a stats question I suppose...

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Thu Nov 1 17:48:53 CET 2001

```On Thu, 1 Nov 2001, Chris Milkosky wrote:

> Hi all.  Sorry to post this here, but I figure that you may know the answer to my question...
>
> I analyze data sets very frequently, and it becomes cumbersome to try to find sustained peaks (my def - high points that exist for
> about 6 minutes or more - 3 poll intervals) in these data sets all the time.  Right now I graph the data and then look for what
> looks to be a sustained peak and then go to the raw data itself to make the determination.  I'm actually embarassed to say that I do
> that because it is SO time consuming and I'm sure there are other ways.  I just haven't had the time to explore them.  Well, now
> it's becoming more critical.
>
> So, here's my question - can anyone suggest a good method using R to analyze a set of data that consists of time (polled every 2
> minutes) and values at that time, so that I can just plop the data set in, and then have R find sustained peaks?  Maybe then it can
> report them to me, or just point out the poll intervals where they occurred...  Or something like that...
>

Suppose x is your series and you want to find more than LONG consecutive
values equal to HIGH or greater

p<-cumsum(x>HIGH)

longpeaks now contains the index of the start of each long peak (in fact
it contains all but the first LONG-1 indices of each long peak, but that
shouldn't matter).

-thomas

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