A function to assign fossil occurrences to specified time bins based on different approaches commonly applied in palaeobiology.

## Arguments

- occdf
`dataframe`

. A dataframe of the fossil occurrences you wish to bin. This dataframe should contain the following named columns: "max_ma" and "min_ma". These columns should contain`numeric`

values. If required,`numeric`

ages can be generated from interval names via the`look_up()`

function.- bins
`dataframe`

. A dataframe of the bins that you wish to allocate fossil occurrences to such as that returned by`time_bins()`

. This dataframe must contain at least the following named columns: "bin", "max_ma" and "min_ma". Columns "max_ma" and "min_ma" must be`numeric`

values.- method
`character`

. The method desired for binning fossil occurrences. Currently, five methods exist in this function: "mid", "majority", "all", "random", and "point". See Details for a description of each.- reps
`numeric`

. A non-negative`numeric`

specifying the number of replications for sampling. This argument is only useful in the case of the "random" or "point" method being specified in the`method`

argument. Defaults to 100.- fun
`function`

. A probability density function from the stats package such as dunif or dnorm. This argument is only useful if the "point" method is specified in the`method`

argument.- ...
Additional arguments available in the called function (

`fun`

). These arguments may be required for function arguments without default values, or if you wish to overwrite the default argument value (see example).`x`

input values are generated internally based on the age range of the fossil occurrence and should not be manually provided. Note that`x`

input values range between 0 and 1, and function arguments should therefore be scaled to be within these bounds.

## Value

For methods "mid", "majority" and "all", a `dataframe`

of the
original input `occdf`

with the following appended columns is returned:
occurrence id (`id`

), number of bins that the occurrence age range covers
(`n_bins`

), bin assignment (`bin_assignment`

), and bin midpoint
(`bin_midpoint`

). In the case of the "majority" method, an additional
column of the majority percentage overlap (`overlap_percentage`

) is also
appended. For the "random" and "point" method, a `list`

is returned
(of length reps) with each element a copy of the `occdf`

and appended
columns (random: `bin_assignment`

and `bin_midpoint`

; point:
`bin_assignment`

and `point_estimates`

).

## Details

Five approaches (methods) exist in the `bin_time()`

function for
assigning occurrences to time bins:

Midpoint: The "mid" method is the simplest approach and uses the midpoint of the fossil occurrence age range to bin the occurrence.

Majority: The "majority" method bins an occurrence into the bin which it most overlaps with. As part of this implementation, the majority percentage overlap of the occurrence is also calculated and returned as an additional column in

`occdf`

. If desired, these percentages can be used to further filter an occurrence dataset.All: The "all" method bins an occurrence into every bin its age range covers. For occurrences with age ranges of more than one bin, the occurrence row is duplicated. Each occurrence is assigned an ID in the column

`occdf$id`

so that duplicates can be tracked. Additionally,`occdf$n_bins`

records the number of bins each occurrence appears within.Random: The "random" method randomly samples X amount of bins (with replacement) from the bins that the fossil occurrence age range covers with equal probability regardless of bin length. The

`reps`

argument determines the number of times the sample process is repeated. All replications are stored as individual elements within the returned list with an appended`bin_assignment`

and`bin_midpoint`

column to the original input`occdf`

. If desired, users can easily bind this list using`do.call(rbind, x)`

.Point: The "point" method randomly samples X (

`reps`

) amount of point age estimates from the age range of the fossil occurrence. Sampling follows a user-input probability density function such as dnorm (see example 5). Users should also provide any additional arguments for the probability density function (see`...`

). However,`x`

(vector of quantiles) values should not be provided as these values are input from the age range of each occurrence. These values range between 0 and 1, and therefore function arguments should be scaled to be within these bounds. The`reps`

argument determines the number of times the sample process is repeated. All replications are stored as individual elements within the returned list with an appended`bin_assignment`

and`point_estimates`

column to the original input`occdf`

. If desired, users can easily bind this list using`do.call(rbind, x)`

.

## Examples

```
#Grab internal tetrapod data
occdf <- tetrapods[1:100, ]
bins <- time_bins()
#Assign via midpoint age of fossil occurrence data
ex1 <- bin_time(occdf = occdf, bins = bins, method = "mid")
#Assign to all bins that age range covers
ex2 <- bin_time(occdf = occdf, bins = bins, method = "all")
#Assign via majority overlap based on fossil occurrence age range
ex3 <- bin_time(occdf = occdf, bins = bins, method = "majority")
#Assign randomly to overlapping bins based on fossil occurrence age range
ex4 <- bin_time(occdf = occdf, bins = bins, method = "random", reps = 5)
#Assign point estimates following a normal distribution
ex5 <- bin_time(occdf = occdf, bins = bins, method = "point", reps = 5,
fun = dnorm, mean = 0.5, sd = 0.25)
```