[R] LDA with unstandardized discriminant functions

Samuel Royer Tardif jean_charles_2 at hotmail.com
Thu May 27 16:24:36 CEST 2010

I am currently performing a LDA on soil fatty acid compositions (68 sites, 19 FAs). However, because FAs abundance is caculated in mol% (the molar amount of each FA divided by total molar amount of FAs in the sample), I would like to get unstandardized discriminant functions computed on the original descriptors (see Legendre & Legendre 1998, p.618 for details). How can I do this in R. I've used the function lda(), but the argument scale=FALSE doesn't change anything. Here is an example of my script:
#example with 3 variables and 10 sites
# It gives the same results
Thanks for your help,
Samuel Royer Tardif
Ph.D student
Soil ecology
Université de Sherbrooke, Qc, Canada
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