1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

What does the Centroid of area under Rate vs Time plot represent?

  1. Sep 2, 2012 #1
    What does the "Centroid" of area under Rate vs Time plot represent?

    Does the 'centroid' of the area under a rate vs time plot represent anything?

    I have a bunch of rate vs time plots and was trying to think of a way to compare them, other than just cumulative volume which is area under the rate vs time plot. Would centroid somehow weigh in on the rate?

    Wondering if this represents anything physical...

    Cheers
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 3, 2012 #2

    haruspex

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member
    2016 Award

    Re: What does the "Centroid" of area under Rate vs Time plot represent?

    I think the rate co-ordinate of the centroid will be the mean square of the rate divided by the mean rate. So it gives a measure of variance. Nothing springs to mind for the time co-ordinate.
     
  4. Sep 3, 2012 #3
    Re: What does the "Centroid" of area under Rate vs Time plot represent?

    Thanks haruspex, if the rate coordinate of the centroid represents the variance, then I could use that for comparison.

    I was hoping to find something for comparison to weigh in on the value of the rate. If higher rate = better, variance won't help me in comparison. I don't want average rate because you lose detail of amount of time spent at higher vs lower rate

    I wonder if area moment of inertia of the centroid would give me this? or some sort of weighted average maybe.
     
  5. Sep 3, 2012 #4

    haruspex

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member
    2016 Award

    Re: What does the "Centroid" of area under Rate vs Time plot represent?

    You need to decide what attribute it is you're looking for. You say say it's not the average rate, or the peak rate, or the variance... so what is it?
     
  6. Sep 4, 2012 #5
    Re: What does the "Centroid" of area under Rate vs Time plot represent?

    I want some attribute to distinguish higher rates in a shorter amount of time versus lower rates for a long amount of time. Eg tall skinny area under curve vs short and wide area.

    I'm not sure how to do this without simply looking for shortest time, or highest avg rate.
     
  7. Sep 4, 2012 #6

    haruspex

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member
    2016 Award

    Re: What does the "Centroid" of area under Rate vs Time plot represent?

    OK, but why do you not want to use highest average rate?
     
  8. Sep 4, 2012 #7

    Redbelly98

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    Re: What does the "Centroid" of area under Rate vs Time plot represent?

    If it's desirable to have a high average rate and a short amount of time, how about

    (average rate) × (1/Δt)

    [tex]= \frac{\left( \frac{\int R \ dt}{\Delta t} \right)}{\Delta t} = \frac{\int R \ dt}{(\Delta t)^2}[/tex]

    That would mean the same rate applied over a short time is "better" than the same rate applied over a long time. Not sure if that is desirable, without knowing what this is supposed to be used for.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook




Similar Discussions: What does the Centroid of area under Rate vs Time plot represent?
Loading...