The R ecosystem knows a vast number of time series classes: ts, xts, zoo, tsibble, tibbletime or timeSeries. The plethora of standards causes confusion. As different packages rely on different classes, it is hard to use them in the same analysis. tsbox provides a set of tools that make it easy to switch between these classes. It also allows the user to treat time series as plain data frames, facilitating the use with tools that assume rectangular data.
The tsbox package is built around a set of functions that convert time series of different classes to each other. They are frequency-agnostic, and allow the user to combine multiple non-standard and irregular frequencies. Because coercion works reliably, it is easy to write functions that work identically for all classes. So whether we want to smooth, scale, differentiate, chain-link, forecast, regularize or seasonally adjust a time series, we can use the same tsbox-command for any time series class.
Keeping explicit missing values
Version 0.1, now on CRAN, brings a large number of bug fixes and improvements. A substantial change involves the treatment of
NA values in data frames. Previously, all
NAs in data frames were treated as implicit, and were only made explicit by a call to
This has changed now. If you convert a
ts object to a data frame, all
NA values will be preserved. To replicate previous behavior, apply the
library(tsbox) x.ts ts_c(mdeaths, austres) x.ts ts_df(x.ts) ts_na_omit(ts_df(x.ts))
ts_span extends outside of series span
This lays the groundwork for
ts_span to be extensible. With
extend = TRUE,
ts_span extends a regular series with
NA values, up to the specified limits, similar to base
window. Like all functions in tsbox, this is frequency-agnostic. For example, in the following, the monthly series
mdeaths is extended by monthly
NA values, while the quarterly series
austres is extended by quarterly
x.df ts_df(ts_c(mdeaths, austres)) ts_span(x.df, end = "1999-12-01", extend = TRUE)
ts_default standardizes column names in a data frame
In rectangular data structures, i.e., in a
data.table, or a
tibble, tsbox stores one or multiple time series in the ‘long’ format. By default, tsbox detects a value, a time and zero, one or several id columns. Alternatively, the time column and the value column can be explicitly named
value. If explicit names are used, the column order will be ignored.
While automatic column name detection is useful in interactive mode, it produces unnecessary overhead in longer workflows. The helper function
ts_default detects and renames the time and the value column, so that auto-detection will be turned off in subsequent steps (note that the names of the id columns are not affected):
x.df ts_df(ts_c(mdeaths, austres)) names(x.df) c("a fancy id name", "date", "count") ts_plot(x.df) # tsbox is fine with that ts_default(x.df)
ts_summary summarizes time series
ts_summary provides a frequency agnostic summary of a ts-boxable object:
ts_summary(ts_c(mdeaths, austres)) #> id obs diff freq start end #> 1 mdeaths 72 1 month 12 1974-01-01 1979-12-01 #> 2 austres 89 3 month 4 1971-04-01 1993-04-01
ts_summary returns a plain data frame that can be used for any purpose. It is also recommended for the extraction of various time series properties, such as
ts_summary(austres)$id #>  "austres" ts_summary(austres)$start #>  "1971-04-01"
And a cheatsheet!
Finally, we fabricated a tsbox cheat sheet that summarizes most functionality. Print and enjoy working with time series.
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