Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
PIRA download icon_1.1View/Download Full Text
Title: Imputation of GPS coordinate time series using missForest
Authors: Zhang, S
Gong, L
Zeng, Q
Li, W
Xiao, F
Lei, J 
Issue Date: Jun-2021
Source: Remote sensing, June 2021, v. 13, no. 12, 2312
Abstract: The global positioning system (GPS) can provide the daily coordinate time series to help geodesy and geophysical studies. However, due to logistics and malfunctioning, missing values are often “seen” in GPS time series, especially in polar regions. Acquiring a consistent and complete time series is the prerequisite for accurate and reliable statical analysis. Previous imputation studies focused on the temporal relationship of time series, and only a few studies used spatial relationships and/or were based on machine learning methods. In this study, we impute 20 Greenland GPS time series using missForest, which is a new machine learning method for data imputation. The imputation performance of missForest and that of four traditional methods are assessed, and the methods’ impacts on principal component analysis (PCA) are investigated. Results show that missForest can impute more than a 30-day gap, and its imputed time series has the least influence on PCA. When the gap size is 30 days, the mean absolute value of the imputed and true values for missForest is 2.71 mm. The normalized root mean squared error is 0.065, and the distance of the first principal component is 0.013. MissForest outperforms the other compared methods. MissForest can effec-tively restore the information of GPS time series and improve the results of related statistical pro-cesses, such as PCA analysis.
Keywords: GPS time series
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
Journal: Remote sensing 
EISSN: 2072-4292
DOI: 10.3390/rs13122312
Rights: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// 4.0/).
The following publication Zhang, S.; Gong, L.; Zeng, Q.; Li, W.; Xiao, F.; Lei, J. Imputation of GPS Coordinate Time Series Using missForest. Remote Sens. 2021, 13, 2312 is available at
Appears in Collections:Journal/Magazine Article

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
remotesensing-13-02312-v3.pdf8.53 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
Open Access Information
Status open access
File Version Version of Record
View full-text via PolyU eLinks SFX Query
Show full item record

Page views

Last Week
Last month
Citations as of Jun 4, 2023


Citations as of Jun 4, 2023


Citations as of Jun 8, 2023


Citations as of Jun 8, 2023

Google ScholarTM



Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.