I have a time serie that I want to analyse through a wavelet decomposition.
I am using the R package WaveThres.

I am interested in the wavelet autocorrelation, but I struggle to understand what does it mean precisely.

I have from the book Wavelet Methods in Statistics with R the following formula


$\tau\in\mathbb{Z}$ being the lag of the autocorrelation
$\left \{\phi_{j,k}(t)=\phi_{j,k-t} \right \}_{j,k}$ a set of non decimated wavelets

I would really appreciate to understand the meaning of this formula, and (why/if) it is different from performing a multi resolution analysis (MRA) and computing the Pearson autocorrelation coefficient on a detail.



The correlation coefficient of two sets of values is one number.

The auto-correlation of one set of values is a function (see e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autocorrelation ). Let's call the argument of the function t (looks like it's the $\tau$ in your question), then the value of the auto-correlation function at t is the correlation coefficient of the set of values and the set of values shifted by t (I might be ignoring normalization factors here).

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your explanation of ACF, I am looking more for the justification to do it on the wavelet coefficients, and the signification of it... $\endgroup$ – RockScience Dec 3 '10 at 1:26

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