To understand how to use the interactive graphs, try some of these examples:
Basic unmodified data
To start with, here are some of the data sets in their unmodified form:
Selecting parts of the data
Sometimes we might only be interested in particular parts of the data:
Cleaning up the data
The raw data is quite 'noisy', so to see patterns we need to clean it up:
In particular, notice how the annual mean of the CO2 completely removes the annual oscillation.
Sometimes we need to do some deeper cleaning to find longer-term patterns:
Note the bowl curve in the detrended CO2 shows that the rate of increase has not been constant, and has increased over the period.
Capturing the detail
Alternatively, sometimes the detail is the interesting part:
The most interesting thing might be just the general trend over time:
It's usually better to plot trend lines together with the data, because the auto-scaling of the graphs means they always look the same otherwise - although the vertical scale is useful, of course.
Fourier analysis is a very powerful technique, but needs care to get right. Put simply, Fourier analysis divides a series of data into its individual waves of different frequencies. We can then study this "frequency domain", or manipulate it, and then convert back to the real-world "time domain" by reversing the process:
In the mix
One of the most interesting things we can do is compare different datasets. By clicking "Add series" you can add multiple series on the same graph. Each one can have different processes applied to it, but you do have to be careful that the data is still comparable afterwards. Also, the time range and values cover the maximum of any series, so get any detail you may have to ensure they cover the same range. Here are some examples:
In the Fourier example, we normalise the signal so it fits cleanly on the same graph. We can still compare the peaks and troughs of the signals, but the relative sizes are meaningless.
To help test the system and demonstrate the processes, you can start with some internal test signals: