Statistical Modelling for Precision Agriculture: A Case Study in Optimal Environmental Schedules for Agaricus Bisporus Production via Variable Domain Functional Regression
26 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 2, 2017
Quantifying the effects of environmental factors over the duration of the growing process on Agaricus Bisporus (button mushroom) yields has been difficult, as common functional data analysis approaches require fixed length functional data. The data available from commercial growers, however, is of variable duration, due to commercial considerations. We employ a recently proposed regression technique termed Variable-Domain Functional Regression in order to be able to accommodate these irregular-length datasets. In this way, we are able to quantify the contribution of covariates such as temperature, humidity and water spraying volumes across the growing process, and for different lengths of growing processes. Our results indicate that optimal oxygen and temperature levels vary across the growing cycle and we propose environmental schedules for these covariates to optimise overall yields.
Keywords: Functional Regression, Variable Domain Functional Regression, Precision Agriculture, Yield Models
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