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Software in the context of luminescence dating: status, concepts and suggestions exemplified by the R package 'Luminescence'

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Kreutzer, Sebastian ; Burow, Christoph ; Dietze, Michael ; Fuchs, Margret C. ; Fischer, Manfred ; Schmidt, Christoph:
Software in the context of luminescence dating: status, concepts and suggestions exemplified by the R package 'Luminescence'.
In: Ancient TL. Vol. 35 (December 2017) Issue 2 . - pp. 1-11.
ISSN 0735-1348

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Project information

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Project's official titleProject's id
RLum.Network: Ein Wissenschaftsnetzwerk zur Analyse von Lumineszenzdaten mit RSCHM 3051/3-1

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Abstract in another language

The relevance of luminescence dating is reflected by the steadily growing quantity of published data. At the same time, the amount of data available for analysis has increased due to technological and methodological advances. Routinely, luminescence data are analysed using a mixture of commercially available software, self-written tools and specific solutions. Based on a luminescence dating literature screening we show how rarely articles report on the software used for the data analysis and we discuss potential problems arising from this. We explore the growing importance of the statistical programming language R in general and especially its reflection in recent software developments in the context of luminescence dating. Specifically, for the R package 'Luminescence' we show how the transparency, flexibility and reliability of tools used for the data analysis have been improved. We finally advocate for more transparency if unvalidated software solutions are used and we emphasise that more attention should be paid to the tools used for analysing the data.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: R; Software; Luminescence dating; Data analysis
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Former Professors > Chair Geomorphology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ludwig Zöller
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Nonlinear Dynamics
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Geomorphology
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 10:19
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 10:19
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/42011