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From "Andre Panisson (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (MATH-224) Utility method to aggregate Statistics
Date Tue, 09 Sep 2008 19:27:44 GMT
Utility method to aggregate Statistics

                 Key: MATH-224
             Project: Commons Math
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Andre Panisson
            Priority: Minor

Below is the conversation related to this topic that was posted to the Commons Users group.



> I'm writing a complex validation algorithm, that makes a K-Fold
> cross-validation using a data set. The data set is partitioned into K
>  subsamples, and of the K subsamples, a single subsample is retained
> as the validation data for testing, and the remaining K − 1
> subsamples are used as training data. The process is then repeated K
> times, and at the end the K results are aggregated to a single
> result. The problem is that all K results return Statistics objects
> (org.apache.commons.math.stat.descriptive.SummaryStatistics), and I
> need to make the aggregation of all K objects in a single Statistics.
>  I think it is a common problem in the statistics field. There's
> anyone who had already implemented an utility method to do it?

There is no such feature currently in commons-math. The
SummaryStatistics class wraps a bunch of specialized statistics classes
(Sum, Mean, Max, SumOfSquares ...) which can be overriden by
user-provided StorelessUnivariateStatistic implementations.

So this feature should be added to the StorelessUnivariateStatistic
interface and all its implementations, with a signature like this:
 public void aggregate(StorelessUnivariateStatistic otherStatistic);

The implementation of this method should only use the
StorelessUnivariateStatistic methods, i.e. getResult() and getN(). This
seems feasible for the statistics used by SummaryStatistics, but has not
been done yet.

One should be aware that SummaryStatistics does not enforce strong
typing, so one could call aggregate on a Sum instance and provide it a
Min instance, which would of course result in meaningless results.

> Or maybe it would be interesting to request it as an Improvement to
> the Commons Math developers, adding an "aggregator" to all Statistics
>  implementations?

If you want to request this improvement, please open a ticket for it
using our JIRA tracking system: You'll have to register to be
able to add your feature request. You can also provide a patch if you
want to contribute it by yourself.


> Thanks in advance,
> Andre Panisson

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