Quantitative Test for Equilibration of Data Time Series

From: Joshua Adelman (jadelman_at_berkeley.edu)
Date: Wed Oct 15 2008 - 12:06:00 CDT

Does anyone know of a quantitative test or analysis that can be
applied to a data time series to test to see when the data has
equilibrated? I have a large number of simulations that seem to be
equilibrating on slightly different time scales and am trying to find
an automated way of figuring out how much of the initial sampling
needs to be discarded in order to calculate the average value of the
time series. Most of the suggestions on this list seem to imply
visual inspection of the data, which is sub-optimal for this
application.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Josh

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