Checking for autocorrelation must be done carefully when some observations are missing from a time series or the time series is measured for independent groups. I show an approach where I pad the dataset with NA via tidyr::complete() to fill in any missed sampling times and make sure groups are considered independent prior to calculating the autocorrelation function.
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