The statistical properties of the cross correlation between two time series has been studied. An analytical expression for the cross correlation function's variance has been derived. On the basis of these results, a statistically robust method has been proposed to detect the existence and determine the direction of cross correlation between two time series. The proposed method has been characterized by computer simulations. Applications to single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy are discussed. The results may also find immediate applications in fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and its variants.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry