[R] why stress value remains so high after invoking of metaMDS

Sarah Goslee sarah.goslee at gmail.com
Tue Dec 30 13:38:43 CET 2008

If cm is a similarity matrix, why are you taking its Euclidean distance?
(The usage I'm familiar with has similarity as a pairwise measure of

Otherwise, if you feel the stress is too high, that implies that a 2-dimensional
solution is inadequate for your data and you should consider more dimensions.


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On Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 1:06 AM, Wu Chen <geminiwhu at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone!
> metaMDS(cm, distance = "euclidean", k = 2, trymax = 50, autotransform
> =TRUE,        trace = 1, plot = T)
> (cm is a similarity matrix, in which values are positive integers or 0)
> I use this command to run NMDS on my matrix "cm". But the stress is very
> high after analysis. About 14.
> Actually, there is no improvment comparing with using isoMDS.
> cd<-dist(cm,method="euclidean")
> loc<-isoMDS(cd,tol = 1e-10,trace=T)
> Is there parameters that I can change to improve the performance? Or is
> there any other better methods to do MDS?
> --
> Wu Chen
> Information Management School, WHU

Sarah Goslee

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