Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 5 (2000), Issue 4, Pages 297-309

Statistical analysis of time series with scaling indices

Harald Atmnaspacher,1,2 Werner Ehm,1 Herbert Scheingraber,2 and Gerda Wiedenmann2,3

1lnstitut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie, Wilhelmstr. 3a, Freiburg D-79098, Germany
2Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstr., Garching D-85740, Germany
3Nabios GmbH, Donnersberger Str. 41, München D-80634, Germany

Received 19 May 2000

Copyright © 2000 Harald Atmnaspacher et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Statistical techniques based on scaling indices are applied to detect and investigate patterns in empirically given time series. The key idea is to use the distribution of scaling indices obtained from a delay representation of the empirical time series to distinguish between random and non-random components. Statistical tests for this purpose are designed and applied to specific examples. It is shown that a selection of subseries by scaling indices can significantly enhance the signal-to-noise ratio as compared to that of the total time series.