Wavelet analysis for detecting anisotropy in point patterns

Michael S. Rosenberg

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Although many methods have been proposed for analysing point locations for spatial pattern, previous methods have concentrated on clumping and spacing. The study of anisotropy (changes in spatial pattern with direction) in point patterns has been limited by lack of methods explicitly designed for these data and this purpose; researchers have been constrained to choosing arbitrary test directions or converting their data into quadrat counts and using methods designed for continuously distributed data. Wavelet analysis, a booming approach to studying spatial pattern, widely used in mathematics and physics for signal analysis, has started to make its way into the ecological literature. A simple adaptation of wavelet analysis is proposed for the detection of anisotropy in point patterns. The method is illustrated with both simulated and field data. This can easily be used for both global and local spatial analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-284
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vegetation Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2004


  • Ambrosia dumosa
  • Directional pattern
  • Global analysis
  • Isotropy
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Local analysis
  • Spatial analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Plant Science


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