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How to calculate standardized precipitation index (SPI).

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Govind Kumar
Govind Kumar on 19 Jun 2019
Answered: Chad Greene on 17 Jul 2019
I have rainfall data in .mat format. Data is 2D matrix mxn where m are row representing m days and n is column representing n locations. I wanted to calculated SPI for each location as well as whole country. Please do not suggest any softweaer.

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Govind Kumar
Govind Kumar on 19 Jun 2019
yes matlab is softwear but i mentioned this because sometimes people provide link to download softwear instead of solution in matlab. SPI mean standardized precipitation index. It is a drought index which is used for drought trend analysis.
dpb
dpb on 19 Jun 2019
Well, what's the actual definition one could use to calculate from? We're not all specialists in various fields...
What have you tried so far?
dpb
dpb on 19 Jun 2019
They're fitting multiple distributions to find best fit of precipitation data over the given time period, then using that to compute a percentile.
Search the FileExchange; there are several submissions there that should at least give you a head start...this won't be a five-minute exercise.

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Chad Greene
Chad Greene on 17 Jul 2019
Hi Govind,
You might want to check out the spei function in the Climate Data Toolbox for Matlab.
Chad

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