Procedures for numerical analysis of circadian rhythms

Biol Rhythm Res. 2007;38(4):275-325. doi: 10.1080/09291010600903692.


This article reviews various procedures used in the analysis of circadian rhythms at the populational, organismal, cellular and molecular levels. The procedures range from visual inspection of time plots and actograms to several mathematical methods of time series analysis. Computational steps are described in some detail, and additional bibliographic resources and computer programs are listed.

Keywords: Biostatistics; chronobiology; chronomics; circadian rhythm; time series analysis.