Configural analysis of oscillating progression


  • Alexander von Eye Michigan State University, USA
  • Wolfgang Wiedermann University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
  • Stefan von Weber University of Furtwangen, Germany



Configural Frequency Analysis, base model, loess smoothing, time series, local optimization, Covid-19


Oscillating series of scores can be approximated with locally optimized smoothing functions. In this article, we describe how such series can be approximated with locally estimated (loess) smoothing, and how Configural Frequency Analysis (CFA) can be used to evaluate and interpret results. Loess functions are often hard to describe because they cannot be represented by just one function that has interpretable parameters. In this article, we suggest that specification of the CFA base model be based on the width of the window that is used for local curve optimization, the weight given to data points in the neighborhood of the approximated one, and by the function that is used to locally approximate observed data. CFA types indicate that more cases were found than expected from the local optimization model. CFA antitypes indicate that fewer cases were found. In a real-world data example, the development of Covid-19 diagnoses in France is analyzed for the beginning period of the pandemic.