animate_stats animates statistic plot from movement data provided as move class objects or a list of them and basemap data provided as raster. It extracts basemap values of pixels that are part of the movement paths and visualizes frequencies per value. The function creates an animated GIF or video file and saves it into the output directory. See also animate_move.

animate_stats(m, out_dir, conv_dir = "convert", layer = "basemap",
  layer_dt = "basemap", layer_int = FALSE, layer_type = "",
  val_limits = NA, paths_col = "auto", paths_mode = "true_data",
  stats_type = "", stats_gg = "", stats_digits = 1, stats_tframe = 5,
  stats_title = "", frames_layout = 0, frames_nmax = 0, frames_fps = 25,
  frames_nres = 1, frames_tres = 0, frames_width = 800,
  frames_height = 300, frames_pixres = 80, out_name = "moveVis_ani",
  out_format = "gif", overwrite = FALSE, log_level = 1,
  log_logical = FALSE)



list or moveStack class object. Needs to contain one or several move class objects (one for each individual path to be displayed) containing point coordinates, timestamps, projection and individual ID.


character. Output directory of the output file.


character. Command of or path to required image/video converter tool. Depends on, what is specified for out_format. If out_format = "gif", animate_move() works with the ImageMagick convert tool. In this case, specify command of or path to the convert tool. You can use get_libraries to find or download/install convert. If out_format is a video format (e.g. "mp4", "mov" ...), animate_move() works with either the FFmpeg ffmepg tool or the libav avconv tool. In this case, specify command of or path to the ffmpeg or avconv tool. See also get_libraries. If not specified, animate_move() trys to find libraries automatically.


raster, list or character "basemap". Single raster object or list of raster objects to be used as (dynamically changing) basemap layer. Default is "basemap" to download a static basemap layer. Use a rasterBrick class object and set layer_type to "RGB" to compute a RGB basemap.


POSIXct vector or list. Single POSIXct date/time stamp or list of POSIXct date/time stamps representing the acquisition dates of the layer raster objects.


logical. Whether to interpolate the basemap layer objects over time, if several are provided (TRUE), or to display them one after another depending on the animation time frame that is displayed (FALSE). Default is FALSE.


charachter. Layer type. Either "RGB" (if layer is a rasterBrick class onejct), "gradient" or "discrete". Default is "RGB". Ignored, if layer = "basemap".


numeric vector. Fixed minimum and maximum limit values of the legend (gradient layer type). Default is NA for data-depending minimum and maximum values. Ignored, if layer_type is "discrete" or "RGB".


character vector. Colours of the individual animation paths. If set to "auto", a predfined colour set will be used. If single colour, all paths will be displayed by the same colour. If more individuals then colours, the colours are repeated.


character vector. Mode to be used for dealing with time information when displaying multiple individual paths. If set to "true_data", paths are displayed based on true coverage times, showing only time periods that are covered. Time gaps will be skipped. Each frame is linked to a specific true time. If set to "true_time", paths are displayed based on true coverage times. Time gaps will be filled with non-movement frames. This mode is only recommended, if the dataset has no time gaps. Each frame is linked to a specific, true time. If set to "simple", all movement paths are displayed individually with no regard to the true coverage times. Time gaps will be skipped. Each frame displays several times at once, since each individual path has its own time. Default is "true_data".


character. Defines which standard plot design should be used. Select either "line" or "bar". Ignored, if stats_gg is used.


character. Enables usage of ggplot2 syntax for plot design. If set, stats_type is ignored. See details for information on the statistic data structure to be used by the user defined plot function.


numeric. Defines how detailed the statistic plot should be as number of decimals. Values with more decimals are rounded. Default is 1 for one decimal.


numeric. Defines the temporal range of the periodic stats plot. Default is 5 meaning that five time frames back from the displayed frame are evaluated.


character vector. Optional plot titles. Two character strings within a vector.


matrix. Optional layout. Define, which plots should be placed where using a matrix representing the GIF/video frame. Matrix elements can be the following plot identifiers: "map" for the spatial plot, "st_all", "st_per" for the overall and periodic stats plot or "st_allR", "st_perR", "st_allG", "st_perG", "st_allB", "st_perB" for the overall and periodic stats plots per band, when using layer_type = "RGB", and 'st_leg' for a stats legend. Alternatively, integers from 1 to 8 corresponding to the described order can be used. Plots not mentioned using frames_layout identifiers are not displayed. If set to 0, layout is generated automatically. Default is 0.


numeric. Number of maximum frames. If set, the animation will be stopped, after the specified number of frames is reached. Default is 0 (displaying all frames).


numeric. Frames to display per second (FPS). Note that the gif format only can handle FPS out of 100, e.g. 25. In that case, frames_fps input is rounded. Default is 25.


numeric. Interval of which frames of all frames should be used (nth elements). Default is 1 (every frame is used). If set to 2, only every second frame is used.


numeric. Defines temporal output resolution in seconds, 'm' should be interpolated to (linear interpolation). If 0, temporal resolution is detected automatically. Default is 0.


numeric. Number of pixels of frame width. Default is 600 (with stats plots 1000).


numeric. Number of pixels of frame height. Defualt is 600.


numeric. Resolution of output file in pixel in ppi. The higher the ppi, the higher frames_height and frames_width should be to avoid large fonts and overlaps. Default is 80.


character. Name of the output file. Default is "moveVis".


character. Output format, e.g. "gif", "avi", "3gp", "mov", "mpeg", "mp4". Use get_formats to get all supported file formats on your system. "gif" is recommended for short animations only (recommended max. frame number around 200 frames; GIF frames are unlimited, but compution time will be very long). Use a video format for long animations. Format "gif" requires ImageMagick, all other video formats require FFmpeg ('ffmpeg') or libav ('avconv') to be installed. For that, also see get_libraries.


logical. If TRUE, files with equal file names to out_name will be overwritten. Default is FALSE.


numeric. Level of console output given by the function. There are three log levels. If set to 3, no messages will be displayed except erros that caused an abortion of the process. If set to 2, warnings and errors will be displayed. If set to 1, a log showing the process activity, wanrnings ans errors will be displayed.


logical. For large processing schemes. If TRUE, the function returns TRUE when finished processing succesfully.


None or logical (see log_logical). The output GIF or video file is written to the ouput directory.


animate_stats is a wrapper function of animate_move to create single statistic plots without spatial plotting. For statistic plot animations sidy-by-side with spatial plot animations, use animate_move (see stats_create argument). The function can handle all arguments taken by animate_stats as well.

Use stats_gg to provide an own ggplot2 plot design as shown in the examples. The statistics are stored for both plots (periodic and accumulated) withn the variable stats_obj[[k]][[b]][[x]] (list of two, indexed by k ranging from 1 to 2 for each plot). Both stats_obj first-level lists contain one list per band (one list or three lists, if 'RGB', indexed by b). These second-level lists contain the stats elements framewise for each time step. For this, see the stats_gg example. The variable cols (list of two, one per plot) contains the defined colour values and namings.

See also


#Load move and moveVis packages

#Get the sample data from the moveVis package
move_data$dt <- as.POSIXct(strptime(move_data$dt, "%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S", tz = "UTC"))

#Create moveStack object including multiple individuals
data_ani <- move(move_data$lon, move_data$lat, proj=CRS("+proj=longlat +ellps=WGS84"),
                 time = move_data$dt, animal=move_data$individual, data=move_data)

#Load basemap MODIS NDVI data
layer = basemap_data[[1]]
layer_dt = basemap_data[[2]]

#Find command or directory to convert tool of ImageMagick
conv_dir <- get_libraries()

#Specify the output directory, e.g.
out_dir <- "/out/test"
#or to a temporary directory:
out_dir <- paste0(tempdir(),"/test")

#Call animate_stats()
animate_stats(data_ani, out_dir, conv_dir = conv_dir,
              layer=layer, layer_dt = layer_dt, layer_type = "gradient",
              stats_digits = 1, stats_type = "bar", out_name = "moveVis_ani",
              log_level = 1,frames_nmax = 60)

stats_gg <- 'ggplot(data = stats_obj[[k]][[b]][[x]],
             aes_(x = ~val, y = ~value, colour = ~variable)) + 
             geom_line() + geom_point() + theme_bw() + theme(aspect.ratio=1) +
             scale_y_continuous(expand = c(0,0),limits = c(0,stats_max[k])) +
             scale_x_continuous(expand = c(0,0)) + 
             scale_color_manual(name= "",values = cols) +
             labs(x = "Basemap Value", y="Frequency",
                  title=stats_title[[b]][[k]], label=c("123","456"))+
             theme(plot.title = element_text(hjust = 0.5),
                  plot.subtitle = element_text(hjust = 0.5))'

#Call animate_stats() with stats_gg
animate_stats(data_ani, out_dir, conv_dir = conv_dir,
              layer=layer, layer_dt = layer_dt, layer_type = "gradient",
              stats_digits = 1, stats_gg = stats_gg, out_name = "moveVis_ani",
              log_level = 1,frames_nmax = 60)
# }