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^{2}, where ''T'' is the sample size and ''R''^{2} is the coefficient of determination. Under the null hypothesis of no autocorrelation, this statistic is
asymptotically distributed as $\backslash chi^2$ with ''k'' degrees of freedom.
Responses to nonzero autocorrelation include generalized least squares and the Newey West, Newey–West HAC estimator (Heteroskedasticity and Autocorrelation Consistent).
In the estimation of a moving average model (MA), the autocorrelation function is used to determine the appropriate number of lagged error terms to be included. This is based on the fact that for an MA process of order ''q'', we have $R(\backslash tau)\; \backslash neq\; 0$, for $\backslash tau\; =\; 0,1,\; \backslash ldots\; ,\; q$, and $R(\backslash tau)\; =\; 0$, for $\backslash tau\; >q$.

Computational design of sequences with good correlation properties

" IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 60.5 (2012): 2180–2193. * Solomon W. Golomb, and Guang Gong

Signal design for good correlation: for wireless communication, cryptography, and radar

Cambridge University Press, 2005. *Klapetek, Petr (2018).

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with a delayed copy of itself as a function of delay. Informally, it is the similarity between observations as a function of the time lag between them. The analysis of autocorrelation is a mathematical tool for finding repeating patterns, such as the presence of a periodic signal
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between values of the process at different times, as a function of the two times or of the time lag. Let $\backslash left\backslash $ be a random process, and $t$ be any point in time ($t$ may be an integer
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process). Then $X\_t$ is the value (or Realization (probability), realization) produced by a given Execution (computing), run of the process at time $t$. Suppose that the process has mean $\backslash mu\_t$ and variance $\backslash sigma\_t^2$ at time $t$, for each $t$. Then the definition of the auto-correlation function between times $t\_1$ and $t\_2$ isKun Il Park, Fundamentals of Probability and Stochastic Processes with Applications to Communications, Springer, 2018,
where $\backslash operatorname$ is the expected value operator and the bar represents complex conjugation. Note that the expectation may not be well defined.
Subtracting the mean before multiplication yields the auto-covariance function between times $t\_1$ and $t\_2$:
Note that this expression is not well-defined for all-time series or processes, because the mean may not exist, or the variance may be zero (for a constant process) or infinite (for processes with distribution lacking well-behaved moments, such as certain types of power law).
Definition for wide-sense stationary stochastic process

If $\backslash left\backslash $ is a wide-sense stationary process then the mean $\backslash mu$ and the variance $\backslash sigma^2$ are time-independent, and further the autocovariance function depends only on the lag between $t\_1$ and $t\_2$: the autocovariance depends only on the time-distance between the pair of values but not on their position in time. This further implies that the autocovariance and auto-correlation can be expressed as a function of the time-lag, and that this would be an even function of the lag $\backslash tau=t\_2-t\_1$. This gives the more familiar forms for the auto-correlation function and the auto-covariance function:Normalization

It is common practice in some disciplines (e.g. statistics and time series analysis) to normalize the autocovariance function to get a time-dependent Pearson correlation coefficient. However, in other disciplines (e.g. engineering) the normalization is usually dropped and the terms "autocorrelation" and "autocovariance" are used interchangeably. The definition of the auto-correlation coefficient of a stochastic process is :$\backslash rho\_(t\_1,t\_2)\; =\; \backslash frac\; =\; \backslash frac.$ If the function $\backslash rho\_$ is well-defined, its value must lie in the range $[-1,1]$, with 1 indicating perfect correlation and −1 indicating perfect anti-correlation. For a weak-sense Stationary process#Weak or wide-sense stationarity, stationarity, wide-sense stationarity (WSS) process, the definition is :$\backslash rho\_(\backslash tau)\; =\; \backslash frac\; =\; \backslash frac$ where :$\backslash operatorname\_(0)\; =\; \backslash sigma^2.$ The normalization is important both because the interpretation of the autocorrelation as a correlation provides a scale-free measure of the strength of statistical dependence, and because the normalization has an effect on the statistical properties of the estimated autocorrelations.Properties

Symmetry property

The fact that the auto-correlation function $\backslash operatorname\_$ is an even function can be stated as :$\backslash operatorname\_(t\_1,t\_2)\; =\; \backslash overline$ Respectively for a WSS process: :$\backslash operatorname\_(\backslash tau)\; =\; \backslash overline.$Maximum at zero

For a WSS process: :$\backslash left,\; \backslash operatorname\_(\backslash tau)\backslash \; \backslash leq\; \backslash operatorname\_(0)$ Notice that $\backslash operatorname\_(0)$ is always real.Cauchy–Schwarz inequality

The Cauchy–Schwarz inequality, inequality for stochastic processes: :$\backslash left,\; \backslash operatorname\_(t\_1,t\_2)\backslash ^2\; \backslash leq\; \backslash operatorname\backslash left[\; ,\; X\_,\; ^2\backslash right]\; \backslash operatorname\backslash left[,\; X\_,\; ^2\backslash right]$Autocorrelation of white noise

The autocorrelation of a continuous-time white noise signal will have a strong peak (represented by a Dirac delta function) at $\backslash tau=0$ and will be exactly 0 for all other $\backslash tau$.Wiener–Khinchin theorem

The Wiener–Khinchin theorem relates the autocorrelation function $\backslash operatorname\_$ to the spectral density, power spectral density $S\_$ via the Fourier transform: :$\backslash operatorname\_(\backslash tau)\; =\; \backslash int\_^\backslash infty\; S\_(f)\; e^\; \backslash ,\; f$ :$S\_(f)\; =\; \backslash int\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash operatorname\_(\backslash tau)\; e^\; \backslash ,\; \backslash tau.$ For real-valued functions, the symmetric autocorrelation function has a real symmetric transform, so the Wiener–Khinchin theorem can be re-expressed in terms of real cosines only: :$\backslash operatorname\_(\backslash tau)\; =\; \backslash int\_^\backslash infty\; S\_(f)\; \backslash cos(2\; \backslash pi\; f\; \backslash tau)\; \backslash ,\; f$ :$S\_(f)\; =\; \backslash int\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash operatorname\_(\backslash tau)\; \backslash cos(2\; \backslash pi\; f\; \backslash tau)\; \backslash ,\; \backslash tau.$Auto-correlation of random vectors

The auto-correlation matrix (also called second moment) of a random vector $\backslash mathbf\; =\; (X\_1,\backslash ldots,X\_n)^$ is an $n\; \backslash times\; n$ matrix containing as elements the autocorrelations of all pairs of elements of the random vector $\backslash mathbf$. The autocorrelation matrix is used in various digital signal processing algorithms. For a random vector $\backslash mathbf\; =\; (X\_1,\backslash ldots,X\_n)^$ containing random elements whose expected value and variance exist, the auto-correlation matrix is defined byPapoulis, Athanasius, ''Probability, Random variables and Stochastic processes'', McGraw-Hill, 1991 where $^$ denotes transposition and has dimensions $n\; \backslash times\; n$. Written component-wise: :$\backslash operatorname\_\; =\; \backslash begin\; \backslash operatorname[X\_1\; X\_1]\; \&\; \backslash operatorname[X\_1\; X\_2]\; \&\; \backslash cdots\; \&\; \backslash operatorname[X\_1\; X\_n]\; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash operatorname[X\_2\; X\_1]\; \&\; \backslash operatorname[X\_2\; X\_2]\; \&\; \backslash cdots\; \&\; \backslash operatorname[X\_2\; X\_n]\; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash vdots\; \&\; \backslash vdots\; \&\; \backslash ddots\; \&\; \backslash vdots\; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash operatorname[X\_n\; X\_1]\; \&\; \backslash operatorname[X\_n\; X\_2]\; \&\; \backslash cdots\; \&\; \backslash operatorname[X\_n\; X\_n]\; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash end$ If $\backslash mathbf$ is a complex random vector, the autocorrelation matrix is instead defined by :$\backslash operatorname\_\; \backslash triangleq\backslash \; \backslash operatorname[\backslash mathbf\; \backslash mathbf^].$ Here $^$ denotes Hermitian transpose, Hermitian transposition. For example, if $\backslash mathbf\; =\; \backslash left(\; X\_1,X\_2,X\_3\; \backslash right)^$ is a random vector, then $\backslash operatorname\_$ is a $3\; \backslash times\; 3$ matrix whose $(i,j)$-th entry is $\backslash operatorname[X\_i\; X\_j]$.Properties of the autocorrelation matrix

* The autocorrelation matrix is a Hermitian matrix for complex random vectors and a symmetric matrix for real random vectors. * The autocorrelation matrix is a positive semidefinite matrix, i.e. $\backslash mathbf^\; \backslash operatorname\_\; \backslash mathbf\; \backslash ge\; 0\; \backslash quad\; \backslash text\; \backslash mathbf\; \backslash in\; \backslash mathbb^n$ for a real random vector respectively $\backslash mathbf^\; \backslash operatorname\_\; \backslash mathbf\; \backslash ge\; 0\; \backslash quad\; \backslash text\; \backslash mathbf\; \backslash in\; \backslash mathbb^n$ in case of a complex random vector. * All eigenvalues of the autocorrelation matrix are real and non-negative. * The ''auto-covariance matrix'' is related to the autocorrelation matrix as follows: :$\backslash operatorname\_\; =\; \backslash operatorname[(\backslash mathbf\; -\; \backslash operatorname[\backslash mathbf])(\backslash mathbf\; -\; \backslash operatorname[\backslash mathbf])^]\; =\; \backslash operatorname\_\; -\; \backslash operatorname[\backslash mathbf]\; \backslash operatorname[\backslash mathbf]^$ : Respectively for complex random vectors: :$\backslash operatorname\_\; =\; \backslash operatorname[(\backslash mathbf\; -\; \backslash operatorname[\backslash mathbf])(\backslash mathbf\; -\; \backslash operatorname[\backslash mathbf])^]\; =\; \backslash operatorname\_\; -\; \backslash operatorname[\backslash mathbf]\; \backslash operatorname[\backslash mathbf]^$Auto-correlation of deterministic signals

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, the above definition is often used without the normalization, that is, without subtracting the mean and dividing by the variance. When the autocorrelation function is normalized by mean and variance, it is sometimes referred to as the autocorrelation coefficient or autocovariance function.
Auto-correlation of continuous-time signal

Given a Signal (electronics), signal $f(t)$, the continuous autocorrelation $R\_(\backslash tau)$ is most often defined as the continuous cross-correlation integral of $f(t)$ with itself, at lag $\backslash tau$. where $\backslash overline$ represents the complex conjugate of $f(t)$. Note that the parameter $t$ in the integral is a dummy variable and is only necessary to calculate the integral. It has no specific meaning.Auto-correlation of discrete-time signal

The discrete autocorrelation $R$ at lag $\backslash ell$ for a discrete-time signal $y(n)$ is The above definitions work for signals that are square integrable, or square summable, that is, of finite energy. Signals that "last forever" are treated instead as random processes, in which case different definitions are needed, based on expected values. For stationary process, wide-sense-stationary random processes, the autocorrelations are defined as :$R\_(\backslash tau)\; =\; \backslash operatorname\backslash left[f(t)\backslash overline\backslash right]$ :$R\_(\backslash ell)\; =\; \backslash operatorname\backslash left[y(n)\backslash ,\backslash overline\backslash right].$ For processes that are not Stationary process, stationary, these will also be functions of $t$, or $n$. For processes that are also Ergodic process, ergodic, the expectation can be replaced by the limit of a time average. The autocorrelation of an ergodic process is sometimes defined as or equated to :$R\_(\backslash tau)\; =\; \backslash lim\_\; \backslash frac\; 1\; T\; \backslash int\_0^T\; f(t+\backslash tau)\backslash overline\backslash ,\; t$ :$R\_(\backslash ell)\; =\; \backslash lim\_\; \backslash frac\; 1\; N\; \backslash sum\_^\; y(n)\backslash ,\backslash overline.$ These definitions have the advantage that they give sensible well-defined single-parameter results for periodic functions, even when those functions are not the output of stationary ergodic processes. Alternatively, signals that ''last forever'' can be treated by a short-time autocorrelation function analysis, using finite time integrals. (See short-time Fourier transform for a related process.)Definition for periodic signals

If $f$ is a continuous periodic functions of period $T$, the integration from $-\backslash infty$ to $\backslash infty$ is replaced by integration over any interval $[t\_0,t\_0+T]$ of length $T$: :$R\_(\backslash tau)\; \backslash triangleq\; \backslash int\_^\; f(t+\backslash tau)\; \backslash overline\; \backslash ,dt$ which is equivalent to :$R\_(\backslash tau)\; \backslash triangleq\; \backslash int\_^\; f(t)\; \backslash overline\; \backslash ,dt$Properties

In the following, we will describe properties of one-dimensional autocorrelations only, since most properties are easily transferred from the one-dimensional case to the multi-dimensional cases. These properties hold for Stationary process#Weak or wide-sense stationarity, wide-sense stationary processes. * A fundamental property of the autocorrelation is symmetry, $R\_(\backslash tau)\; =\; R\_(-\backslash tau)$, which is easy to prove from the definition. In the continuous case, :the autocorrelation is an even function ::$R\_(-\backslash tau)\; =\; R\_(\backslash tau)\backslash ,$ when $f$ is a real function, :and the autocorrelation is a Hermitian function ::$R\_(-\backslash tau)\; =\; R\_^*(\backslash tau)\backslash ,$ when $f$ is a complex function. * The continuous autocorrelation function reaches its peak at the origin, where it takes a real value, i.e. for any delay $\backslash tau$, $,\; R\_(\backslash tau),\; \backslash leq\; R\_(0)$. This is a consequence of the rearrangement inequality. The same result holds in the discrete case. * The autocorrelation of a periodic function is, itself, periodic with the same period. * The autocorrelation of the sum of two completely uncorrelated functions (the cross-correlation is zero for all $\backslash tau$) is the sum of the autocorrelations of each function separately. * Since autocorrelation is a specific type of cross-correlation, it maintains all the properties of cross-correlation. * By using the symbol $*$ to represent convolution and $g\_$ is a function which manipulates the function $f$ and is defined as $g\_(f)(t)=f(-t)$, the definition for $R\_(\backslash tau)$ may be written as: ::$R\_(\backslash tau)\; =\; (f\; *\; g\_(\backslash overline))(\backslash tau)$Multi-dimensional autocorrelation

Multi-dimensional autocorrelation is defined similarly. For example, in Three-dimensional space, three dimensions the autocorrelation of a square-summable discrete signal would be :$R(j,k,\backslash ell)\; =\; \backslash sum\_\; x\_\backslash ,\backslash overline\_.$ When mean values are subtracted from signals before computing an autocorrelation function, the resulting function is usually called an auto-covariance function.Efficient computation

For data expressed as a Discrete signal, discrete sequence, it is frequently necessary to compute the autocorrelation with high algorithmic efficiency, computational efficiency. A brute force method based on the signal processing definition $R\_(j)\; =\; \backslash sum\_n\; x\_n\backslash ,\backslash overline\_$ can be used when the signal size is small. For example, to calculate the autocorrelation of the real signal sequence $x\; =\; (2,3,-1)$ (i.e. $x\_0=2,\; x\_1=3,\; x\_2=-1$, and $x\_i\; =\; 0$ for all other values of ) by hand, we first recognize that the definition just given is the same as the "usual" multiplication, but with right shifts, where each vertical addition gives the autocorrelation for particular lag values: :$\backslash begin\; \&\; 2\; \&\; 3\; \&\; -1\; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash times\; \&\; 2\; \&\; 3\; \&\; -1\; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash hline\; \&-2\; \&-3\; \&\; 1\; \backslash \backslash \; \&\; \&\; 6\; \&\; 9\; \&\; -3\; \backslash \backslash \; +\; \&\; \&\; \&\; 4\; \&\; 6\; \&\; -2\; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash hline\; \&\; -2\; \&\; 3\; \&14\; \&\; 3\; \&\; -2\; \backslash end$ Thus the required autocorrelation sequence is $R\_=(-2,3,14,3,-2)$, where $R\_(0)=14,$ $R\_(-1)=\; R\_(1)=3,$ and $R\_(-2)=\; R\_(2)\; =\; -2,$ the autocorrelation for other lag values being zero. In this calculation we do not perform the carry-over operation during addition as is usual in normal multiplication. Note that we can halve the number of operations required by exploiting the inherent symmetry of the autocorrelation. If the signal happens to be periodic, i.e. $x=(\backslash ldots,2,3,-1,2,3,-1,\backslash ldots),$ then we get a circular autocorrelation (similar to circular convolution) where the left and right tails of the previous autocorrelation sequence will overlap and give $R\_=(\backslash ldots,14,1,1,14,1,1,\backslash ldots)$ which has the same period as the signal sequence $x.$ The procedure can be regarded as an application of the convolution property of z-transform of a discrete signal. While the brute force algorithm is Big O notation, order , several efficient algorithms exist which can compute the autocorrelation in order . For example, the Wiener–Khinchin theorem allows computing the autocorrelation from the raw data with two fast Fourier transforms (FFT): :$\backslash begin\; F\_R(f)\; \&=\; \backslash operatorname[X(t)]\; \backslash \backslash \; S(f)\; \&=\; F\_R(f)\; F^*\_R(f)\; \backslash \backslash \; R(\backslash tau)\; \&=\; \backslash operatorname[S(f)]\; \backslash end$ where IFFT denotes the inverse fast Fourier transform. The asterisk denotes complex conjugate. Alternatively, a multiple correlation can be performed by using brute force calculation for low values, and then progressively binning the data with a logarithmic density to compute higher values, resulting in the same efficiency, but with lower memory requirements.Estimation

For a Discrete signal, discrete process with known mean and variance for which we observe $n$ observations $\backslash $, an estimate of the autocorrelation may be obtained as :$\backslash hat(k)=\backslash frac\; \backslash sum\_^\; (X\_t-\backslash mu)(X\_-\backslash mu)$ for any positive integer $kmath>.\; When\; the\; true\; mean$ \backslash mu$and\; variance$ \backslash sigma^2$are\; known,\; this\; estimate\; is\; Biased\; estimator,\; unbiased.\; If\; the\; true\; mean\; and\; variance\; of\; the\; process\; are\; not\; known\; there\; are\; several\; possibilities:\; *\; If$ \backslash mu$and$ \backslash sigma^2$are\; replaced\; by\; the\; standard\; formulae\; for\; sample\; mean\; and\; sample\; variance,\; then\; this\; is\; a\; Biased\; estimator,\; biased\; estimate.\; *\; A\; periodogram-based\; estimate\; replaces$ n-k$in\; the\; above\; formula\; with$ n$.\; This\; estimate\; is\; always\; biased;\; however,\; it\; usually\; has\; a\; smaller\; mean\; squared\; error.\; *\; Other\; possibilities\; derive\; from\; treating\; the\; two\; portions\; of\; data$ \backslash $and$ \backslash $separately\; and\; calculating\; separate\; sample\; means\; and/or\; sample\; variances\; for\; use\; in\; defining\; the\; estimate.The\; advantage\; of\; estimates\; of\; the\; last\; type\; is\; that\; the\; set\; of\; estimated\; autocorrelations,\; as\; a\; function\; of$ k$,\; then\; form\; a\; function\; which\; is\; a\; valid\; autocorrelation\; in\; the\; sense\; that\; it\; is\; possible\; to\; define\; a\; theoretical\; process\; having\; exactly\; that\; autocorrelation.\; Other\; estimates\; can\; suffer\; from\; the\; problem\; that,\; if\; they\; are\; used\; to\; calculate\; the\; variance\; of\; a\; linear\; combination\; of\; the$ X$\text{'}s,\; the\; variance\; calculated\; may\; turn\; out\; to\; be\; negative.$Regression analysis

In regression analysis using time series analysis, time series data, autocorrelation in a variable of interest is typically modeled either with an autoregressive model (AR), a moving average model (MA), their combination as an autoregressive-moving-average model (ARMA), or an extension of the latter called an autoregressive integrated moving average model (ARIMA). With multiple interrelated data series, vector autoregression (VAR) or its extensions are used. In ordinary least squares (OLS), the adequacy of a model specification can be checked in part by establishing whether there is autocorrelation of the errors and residuals in statistics, regression residuals. Problematic autocorrelation of the errors, which themselves are unobserved, can generally be detected because it produces autocorrelation in the observable residuals. (Errors are also known as "error terms" in econometrics.) Autocorrelation of the errors violates the ordinary least squares assumption that the error terms are uncorrelated, meaning that the Gauss–Markov theorem, Gauss Markov theorem does not apply, and that OLS estimators are no longer the Best Linear Unbiased Estimators (BLUE). While it does not bias the OLS coefficient estimates, the Standard error (statistics), standard errors tend to be underestimated (and the T-statistics, t-scores overestimated) when the autocorrelations of the errors at low lags are positive. The traditional test for the presence of first-order autocorrelation is the Durbin–Watson statistic or, if the explanatory variables include a lagged dependent variable, Durbin–Watson statistic#Durbin h-statistic, Durbin's h statistic. The Durbin-Watson can be linearly mapped however to the Pearson correlation between values and their lags. A more flexible test, covering autocorrelation of higher orders and applicable whether or not the regressors include lags of the dependent variable, is the Breusch–Godfrey test. This involves an auxiliary regression, wherein the residuals obtained from estimating the model of interest are regressed on (a) the original regressors and (b) ''k'' lags of the residuals, where 'k' is the order of the test. The simplest version of the test statistic from this auxiliary regression is ''TR''Applications

* Autocorrelation analysis is used heavily in fluorescence correlation spectroscopy to provide quantitative insight into molecular-level diffusion and chemical reactions. * Another application of autocorrelation is the measurement of optical spectrum, optical spectra and the measurement of very-short-duration light ultrashort pulse, pulses produced by lasers, both using optical autocorrelation, optical autocorrelators. * Autocorrelation is used to analyze dynamic light scattering data, which notably enables determination of the particle size distributions of nanometer-sized particles or micelles suspended in a fluid. A laser shining into the mixture produces a speckle pattern that results from the motion of the particles. Autocorrelation of the signal can be analyzed in terms of the diffusion of the particles. From this, knowing the viscosity of the fluid, the sizes of the particles can be calculated. * Utilized in the GPS system to correct for the propagation delay, or time shift, between the point of time at the transmission of the carrier signal at the satellites, and the point of time at the receiver on the ground. This is done by the receiver generating a replica signal of the 1023 bit C/A (course/acquisition) code, and generating lines of code chips [-1,1] in packets of ten at a time, or 10,230 chips (1023 x 10), shifting slightly as it goes along in order to accommodate for the doppler shift in the incoming satellite signal, until the receiver replica signal and the satellite signal codes match up. * The small-angle X-ray scattering intensity of a nanostructured system is the Fourier transform of the spatial autocorrelation function of the electron density. *In surface science and scanning probe microscopy, autocorrelation is used to establish a link between surface morphology and functional characteristics. * In optics, normalized autocorrelations and cross-correlations give the degree of coherence of an electromagnetic field. * Insignal processing
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, autocorrelation can give information about repeating events like musical Beat (music), beats (for example, to determine tempo) or pulsar frequency, frequencies, though it cannot tell the position in time of the beat. It can also be used to Pitch detection algorithm, estimate the pitch of a musical tone.
* In Music Recording, music recording, autocorrelation is used as a pitch detection algorithm prior to vocal processing, as a distortion effect or to eliminate undesired mistakes and inaccuracies.
* Autocorrelation in space rather than time, via the Patterson function, is used by X-ray diffractionists to help recover the "Fourier phase information" on atom positions not available through diffraction alone.
* In statistics, spatial autocorrelation between sample locations also helps one estimate Variance#Generalizations, mean value uncertainties when sampling a heterogeneous population.
* The SEQUEST algorithm for analyzing Mass spectrum, mass spectra makes use of autocorrelation in conjunction with cross-correlation to score the similarity of an observed spectrum to an idealized spectrum representing a peptide.
* In astrophysics, autocorrelation is used to study and characterize the spatial distribution of Galaxy, galaxies in the universe and in multi-wavelength observations of low mass X-ray binary, X-ray binaries.
* In panel data, spatial autocorrelation refers to correlation of a variable with itself through space.
* In analysis of Markov chain Monte Carlo data, autocorrelation must be taken into account for correct error determination.
* In geosciences (specifically in geophysics) it can be used to compute an autocorrelation seismic attribute, out of a 3D seismic survey of the underground.
* In medical ultrasound imaging, autocorrelation is used to visualize blood flow.
* In intertemporal portfolio choice, the presence or absence of autocorrelation in an asset's rate of return can affect the optimal portion of the portfolio to hold in that asset.
Serial dependence

Serial dependence is closely linked to the notion of autocorrelation, but represents a distinct concept (see Correlation and dependence). In particular, it is possible to have serial dependence but no (linear) correlation. In some fields however, the two terms are used as synonyms. A time series of a random variable has serial dependence if the value at some time $t$ in the series is Statistical independence, statistically dependent on the value at another time $s$. A series is serially independent if there is no dependence between any pair. If a time series $\backslash left\backslash $ is Stationary process, stationary, then statistical dependence between the pair $(X\_t,X\_s)$ would imply that there is statistical dependence between all pairs of values at the same lag $\backslash tau=s-t$.See also

* Autocorrelation matrix * Autocorrelation technique * Autocorrelation (words), Autocorrelation of a formal word * Autocorrelator * Correlation function * Correlogram * Cross-correlation * Galton's problem * Partial autocorrelation function * Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy * Optical autocorrelation * Pitch detection algorithm * Triple correlation * CUSUM * Cochrane–Orcutt estimation (transformation for autocorrelated error terms) * Prais–Winsten transformation * Scaled correlation * Unbiased estimation of standard deviation#Effect of autocorrelation (serial correlation), Unbiased estimation of standard deviationReferences

Further reading

* * * Mojtaba Soltanalian, and Petre Stoica.Computational design of sequences with good correlation properties

" IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 60.5 (2012): 2180–2193. * Solomon W. Golomb, and Guang Gong

Signal design for good correlation: for wireless communication, cryptography, and radar

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