Journal article

blockCV: an R package for generating spatially or environmentally separated folds for k-fold cross-validation of species distribution models

Roozbeh Valavi, Jane Elith, José Lahoz-Monfort, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita

Published : 2018


Summary When applied to structured data, conventional random cross-validation techniques can lead to underestimation of prediction error, and may result in inappropriate model selection. We present the R package blockCV , a new toolbox for cross-validation of species distribution modelling. The package can generate spatially or environmentally separated folds. It includes tools to measure spatial autocorrelation ranges in candidate covariates, providing the user with insights into the spatial structure in these data. It also offers interactive graphical capabilities for creating spatial blocks and exploring data folds. Package blockCV enables modellers to more easily implement a range of eva..

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