Computes the aoristic sum.

## Arguments

- x, y
A

`numeric`

vector. If`y`

is missing, an attempt is made to interpret`x`

in a suitable way (see`grDevices::xy.coords()`

).- ...
Currently not used.

- step
A length-one

`integer`

vector giving the step size, i.e. the width of each time step in the time series (in years CE; defaults to \(1\) - i.e. annual level).- start
A length-one

`numeric`

vector giving the beginning of the time window (in years CE).- stop
A length-one

`numeric`

vector giving the end of the time window (in years CE).- weight
A

`logical`

scalar: should the aoristic sum be weighted by the length of periods (default). If`FALSE`

the aoristic sum is the number of elements within a time block.- groups
A

`factor`

vector in the sense that`as.factor(groups)`

defines the grouping. If`x`

is a`list`

(or a`data.frame`

),`groups`

can be a length-one vector giving the index of the grouping component (column) of`x`

.

## Value

An AoristicSum object.

## Details

Aoristic analysis is used to determine the probability of contemporaneity of archaeological sites or assemblages. The aoristic analysis distributes the probability of an event uniformly over each temporal fraction of the period considered. The aoristic sum is then the distribution of the total number of events to be assumed within this period.

Muller and Hinz (2018) pointed out that the overlapping of temporal intervals related to period categorization and dating accuracy is likely to bias the analysis. They proposed a weighting method to overcome this problem. This method is not implemented here (for the moment), see the aoristAAR package.

## References

Crema, E. R. (2012). Modelling Temporal Uncertainty in Archaeological
Analysis. *Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory*, 19(3): 440-61.
doi:10.1007/s10816-011-9122-3
.

Johnson, I. (2004). Aoristic Analysis: Seeds of a New Approach to Mapping
Archaeological Distributions through Time. *In* Ausserer, K. F., Börner, W.,
Goriany, M. & Karlhuber-Vöckl, L. (ed.), *Enter the Past - The E-Way into
the Four Dimensions of Cultural Heritage*, Oxford: Archaeopress, p. 448-52.
BAR International Series 1227.
doi:10.15496/publikation-2085

Müller-Scheeßel, N. & Hinz, M. (2018). *Aoristic Research in R: Correcting
Temporal Categorizations in Archaeology*. Presented at the Human History and
Digital Future (CAA 2018), Tubingen, March 21.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUBukex30QI.

Palmisano, A., Bevan, A. & Shennan, S. (2017). Comparing Archaeological
Proxies for Long-Term Population Patterns: An Example from Central Italy.
*Journal of Archaeological Science*, 87: 59-72.
doi:10.1016/j.jas.2017.10.001
.

Ratcliffe, J. H. (2000). Aoristic Analysis: The Spatial Interpretation of
Unspecific Temporal Events. *International Journal of Geographical
Information Science*, 14(7): 669-79. doi:10.1080/136588100424963
.

Ratcliffe, J. H. (2002). Aoristic Signatures and the Spatio-Temporal
Analysis of High Volume Crime Patterns. *Journal of Quantitative
Criminology*, 18(1): 23-43. doi:10.1023/A:1013240828824
.

## Examples

```
## Aoristic Analysis
data("loire", package = "folio")
## Get time range
loire_range <- loire[, c("lower", "upper")]
## Calculate aoristic sum (normal)
aorist_raw <- aoristic(loire_range, step = 50, weight = FALSE)
plot(aorist_raw)
## Calculate aoristic sum (weights)
aorist_weighted <- aoristic(loire_range, step = 50, weight = TRUE)
plot(aorist_weighted)
## Calculate aoristic sum (weights) by group
aorist_groups <- aoristic(loire_range, step = 50, weight = TRUE,
groups = loire$area)
plot(aorist_groups)
## Rate of change
roc_weighted <- roc(aorist_weighted, n = 30)
plot(roc_weighted)
## Rate of change by group
roc_groups <- roc(aorist_groups, n = 30)
plot(roc_groups)
```