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Exploratory Data Analysis
1.3. EDA Techniques 1.3.3. Graphical Techniques: Alphabetic 1.3.3.1. Autocorrelation Plot


Autocorrelation Plot 
The following is a sample autocorrelation plot of
the FLICKER.DAT data set.


Conclusions 
We can make the following conclusions from this plot.


Discussion  The plot starts with a moderately high autocorrelation at lag 1 (approximately 0.75) that gradually decreases. The decreasing autocorrelation is generally linear, but with significant noise. Such a pattern is the autocorrelation plot signature of "moderate autocorrelation", which in turn provides moderate predictability if modeled properly.  
Recommended Next Step 
The next step would be to estimate the parameters for the
autoregressive model:
The randomness assumption for least squares fitting applies to the residuals of the model. That is, even though the original data exhibit nonrandomness, the residuals after fitting Y_{i} against Y_{i1} should result in random residuals. Assessing whether or not the proposed model in fact sufficiently removed the randomness is discussed in detail in the Process Modeling chapter. The residual standard deviation for this autoregressive model will be much smaller than the residual standard deviation for the default model
