NAG Library Function Document

1Purpose

nag_rand_field_1d_predef_setup (g05znc) performs the setup required in order to simulate stationary Gaussian random fields in one dimension, for a preset variogram, using the circulant embedding method. Specifically, the eigenvalues of the extended covariance matrix (or embedding matrix) are calculated, and their square roots output, for use by nag_rand_field_1d_generate (g05zpc), which simulates the random field.

2Specification

 #include #include
 void nag_rand_field_1d_predef_setup (Integer ns, double xmin, double xmax, Integer maxm, double var, Nag_Variogram cov, Integer np, const double params[], Nag_EmbedPad pad, Nag_EmbedScale corr, double lam[], double xx[], Integer *m, Integer *approx, double *rho, Integer *icount, double eig[], NagError *fail)

3Description

A one-dimensional random field $Z\left(x\right)$ in $ℝ$ is a function which is random at every point $x\in ℝ$, so $Z\left(x\right)$ is a random variable for each $x$. The random field has a mean function $\mu \left(x\right)=𝔼\left[Z\left(x\right)\right]$ and a symmetric positive semidefinite covariance function $C\left(x,y\right)=𝔼\left[\left(Z\left(x\right)-\mu \left(x\right)\right)\left(Z\left(y\right)-\mu \left(y\right)\right)\right]$. $Z\left(x\right)$ is a Gaussian random field if for any choice of $n\in ℕ$ and ${x}_{1},\dots ,{x}_{n}\in ℝ$, the random vector ${\left[Z\left({x}_{1}\right),\dots ,Z\left({x}_{n}\right)\right]}^{\mathrm{T}}$ follows a multivariate Normal distribution, which would have a mean vector $\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{\mu }}$ with entries ${\stackrel{~}{\mu }}_{i}=\mu \left({x}_{i}\right)$ and a covariance matrix $\stackrel{~}{C}$ with entries ${\stackrel{~}{C}}_{ij}=C\left({x}_{i},{x}_{j}\right)$. A Gaussian random field $Z\left(x\right)$ is stationary if $\mu \left(x\right)$ is constant for all $x\in ℝ$ and $C\left(x,y\right)=C\left(x+a,y+a\right)$ for all $x,y,a\in ℝ$ and hence we can express the covariance function $C\left(x,y\right)$ as a function $\gamma$ of one variable: $C\left(x,y\right)=\gamma \left(x-y\right)$. $\gamma$ is known as a variogram (or more correctly, a semivariogram) and includes the multiplicative factor ${\sigma }^{2}$ representing the variance such that $\gamma \left(0\right)={\sigma }^{2}$.
The functions nag_rand_field_1d_predef_setup (g05znc) and nag_rand_field_1d_generate (g05zpc) are used to simulate a one-dimensional stationary Gaussian random field, with mean function zero and variogram $\gamma \left(x\right)$, over an interval $\left[{x}_{\mathrm{min}},{x}_{\mathrm{max}}\right]$, using an equally spaced set of $N$ points. The problem reduces to sampling a Normal random vector $\mathbf{X}$ of size $N$, with mean vector zero and a symmetric Toeplitz covariance matrix $A$. Since $A$ is in general expensive to factorize, a technique known as the circulant embedding method is used. $A$ is embedded into a larger, symmetric circulant matrix $B$ of size $M\ge 2\left(N-1\right)$, which can now be factorized as $B=W\Lambda {W}^{*}={R}^{*}R$, where $W$ is the Fourier matrix (${W}^{*}$ is the complex conjugate of $W$), $\Lambda$ is the diagonal matrix containing the eigenvalues of $B$ and $R={\Lambda }^{\frac{1}{2}}{W}^{*}$. $B$ is known as the embedding matrix. The eigenvalues can be calculated by performing a discrete Fourier transform of the first row (or column) of $B$ and multiplying by $M$, and so only the first row (or column) of $B$ is needed – the whole matrix does not need to be formed.
As long as all of the values of $\Lambda$ are non-negative (i.e., $B$ is positive semidefinite), $B$ is a covariance matrix for a random vector $\mathbf{Y}$, two samples of which can now be simulated from the real and imaginary parts of ${R}^{*}\left(\mathbf{U}+i\mathbf{V}\right)$, where $\mathbf{U}$ and $\mathbf{V}$ have elements from the standard Normal distribution. Since ${R}^{*}\left(\mathbf{U}+i\mathbf{V}\right)=W{\Lambda }^{\frac{1}{2}}\left(\mathbf{U}+i\mathbf{V}\right)$, this calculation can be done using a discrete Fourier transform of the vector ${\Lambda }^{\frac{1}{2}}\left(\mathbf{U}+i\mathbf{V}\right)$. Two samples of the random vector $\mathbf{X}$ can now be recovered by taking the first $N$ elements of each sample of $\mathbf{Y}$ – because the original covariance matrix $A$ is embedded in $B$, $\mathbf{X}$ will have the correct distribution.
If $B$ is not positive semidefinite, larger embedding matrices $B$ can be tried; however if the size of the matrix would have to be larger than maxm, an approximation procedure is used. We write $\Lambda ={\Lambda }_{+}+{\Lambda }_{-}$, where ${\Lambda }_{+}$ and ${\Lambda }_{-}$ contain the non-negative and negative eigenvalues of $B$ respectively. Then $B$ is replaced by $\rho {B}_{+}$ where ${B}_{+}=W{\Lambda }_{+}{W}^{*}$ and $\rho \in \left(0,1\right]$ is a scaling factor. The error $\epsilon$ in approximating the distribution of the random field is given by
 $ε= 1-ρ 2 trace⁡Λ + ρ2 trace⁡Λ- M .$
Three choices for $\rho$ are available, and are determined by the input argument corr:
• setting ${\mathbf{corr}}=\mathrm{Nag_EmbedScaleTraces}$ sets
 $ρ= trace⁡Λ trace⁡Λ+ ,$
• setting ${\mathbf{corr}}=\mathrm{Nag_EmbedScaleSqrtTraces}$ sets
 $ρ= trace⁡Λ trace⁡Λ+ ,$
• setting ${\mathbf{corr}}=\mathrm{Nag_EmbedScaleOne}$ sets $\rho =1$.
nag_rand_field_1d_predef_setup (g05znc) finds a suitable positive semidefinite embedding matrix $B$ and outputs its size, m, and the square roots of its eigenvalues in lam. If approximation is used, information regarding the accuracy of the approximation is output. Note that only the first row (or column) of $B$ is actually formed and stored.
Dietrich C R and Newsam G N (1997) Fast and exact simulation of stationary Gaussian processes through circulant embedding of the covariance matrix SIAM J. Sci. Comput. 18 1088–1107
Schlather M (1999) Introduction to positive definite functions and to unconditional simulation of random fields Technical Report ST 99–10 Lancaster University
Wood A T A and Chan G (1997) Algorithm AS 312: An Algorithm for Simulating Stationary Gaussian Random Fields Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C (Applied Statistics) (Volume 46) 1 171–181

5Arguments

1:    $\mathbf{ns}$IntegerInput
On entry: the number of sample points to be generated in realizations of the random field.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{ns}}\ge 1$.
2:    $\mathbf{xmin}$doubleInput
On entry: the lower bound for the interval over which the random field is to be simulated. Note that if ${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmBrownian}$ (for simulating fractional Brownian motion), xmin is not referenced and the lower bound for the interval is set to zero.
Constraint: if ${\mathbf{cov}}\ne \mathrm{Nag_VgmBrownian}$, ${\mathbf{xmin}}<{\mathbf{xmax}}$.
3:    $\mathbf{xmax}$doubleInput
On entry: the upper bound for the interval over which the random field is to be simulated. Note that if ${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmBrownian}$ (for simulating fractional Brownian motion), the lower bound for the interval is set to zero and so xmax is required to be greater than zero.
Constraints:
• if ${\mathbf{cov}}\ne \mathrm{Nag_VgmBrownian}$, ${\mathbf{xmin}}<{\mathbf{xmax}}$;
• if ${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmBrownian}$, ${\mathbf{xmax}}>0.0$.
4:    $\mathbf{maxm}$IntegerInput
On entry: the maximum size of the circulant matrix to use. For example, if the embedding matrix is to be allowed to double in size three times before the approximation procedure is used, then choose ${\mathbf{maxm}}={2}^{k+2}$ where $k=1+⌈{\mathrm{log}}_{2}\left({\mathbf{ns}}-1\right)⌉$.
Suggested value: ${2}^{k+2}\text{​ where ​}k=1+⌈{\mathrm{log}}_{2}\left({\mathbf{ns}}-1\right)⌉$.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{maxm}}\ge {2}^{k}$, where $k$ is the smallest integer satisfying ${2}^{k}\ge 2\left({\mathbf{ns}}-1\right)$.
5:    $\mathbf{var}$doubleInput
On entry: the multiplicative factor ${\sigma }^{2}$ of the variogram $\gamma \left(x\right)$.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{var}}\ge 0.0$.
6:    $\mathbf{cov}$Nag_VariogramInput
On entry: determines which of the preset variograms to use. The choices are given below. Note that ${x}^{\prime }=\frac{\left|x\right|}{\ell }$, where $\ell$ is the correlation length and is a parameter for most of the variograms, and ${\sigma }^{2}$ is the variance specified by var.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmSymmStab}$
Symmetric stable variogram
 $γx = σ2 exp - x′ ν ,$
where
• $\ell ={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $\ell >0$,
• $\nu ={\mathbf{params}}\left[1\right]$, $0\le \nu \le 2$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmCauchy}$
Cauchy variogram
 $γx = σ2 1+ x′ 2 -ν ,$
where
• $\ell ={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $\ell >0$,
• $\nu ={\mathbf{params}}\left[1\right]$, $\nu >0$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmDifferential}$
Differential variogram with compact support
 $γx = σ21+8x′+25x′2+32x′31-x′8, x′<1, 0, x′≥1,$
where
• $\ell ={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $\ell >0$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmExponential}$
Exponential variogram
 $γx=σ2exp-x′,$
where
• $\ell ={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $\ell >0$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmGauss}$
Gaussian variogram
 $γx=σ2exp-x′2,$
where
• $\ell ={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $\ell >0$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmNugget}$
Nugget variogram
 $γx= σ2, x=0, 0, x≠0.$
No parameters need be set for this value of cov.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmSpherical}$
Spherical variogram
 $γx= σ21-1.5x′+0.5x′3, x′<1, 0, x′≥1,$
where
• $\ell ={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $\ell >0$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmBessel}$
Bessel variogram
 $γx=σ22νΓν+1Jνx′x′ν,$
where
• ${J}_{\nu }\left(·\right)$ is the Bessel function of the first kind,
• $\ell ={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $\ell >0$,
• $\nu ={\mathbf{params}}\left[1\right]$, $\nu \ge -0.5$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmHole}$
Hole effect variogram
 $γx=σ2sinx′x′,$
where
• $\ell ={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $\ell >0$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmWhittleMatern}$
Whittle-Matérn variogram
 $γx=σ221-νx′νKνx′Γν,$
where
• ${K}_{\nu }\left(·\right)$ is the modified Bessel function of the second kind,
• $\ell ={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $\ell >0$,
• $\nu ={\mathbf{params}}\left[1\right]$, $\nu >0$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmContParam}$
Continuously parameterised variogram with compact support
 $γx= σ221-νx′νKνx′Γν1+8x′′+25x′′2+32x′′31-x′′8, x′′<1, 0, x′′≥1,$
where
• ${x}^{\prime \prime }=\frac{{x}^{\prime }}{s}$,
• ${K}_{\nu }\left(·\right)$ is the modified Bessel function of the second kind,
• $\ell ={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $\ell >0$,
• $s={\mathbf{params}}\left[1\right]$, $s>0$ (second correlation length),
• $\nu ={\mathbf{params}}\left[2\right]$, $\nu >0$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmGenHyp}$
Generalized hyperbolic distribution variogram
 $γx=σ2δ2+x′2λ2δλKλκδKλκδ2+x′212,$
where
• ${K}_{\lambda }\left(·\right)$ is the modified Bessel function of the second kind,
• $\ell ={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $\ell >0$,
• $\lambda ={\mathbf{params}}\left[1\right]$, no constraint on $\lambda$
• $\delta ={\mathbf{params}}\left[2\right]$, $\delta >0$,
• $\kappa ={\mathbf{params}}\left[3\right]$, $\kappa >0$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmCosine}$
Cosine variogram
 $γx=σ2cosx′,$
where
• $\ell ={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $\ell >0$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmBrownian}$
Used for simulating fractional Brownian motion ${B}^{H}\left(t\right)$. Fractional Brownian motion itself is not a stationary Gaussian random field, but its increments $\stackrel{~}{X}\left(i\right)={B}^{H}\left({t}_{i}\right)-{B}^{H}\left({t}_{i-1}\right)$ can be simulated in the same way as a stationary random field. The variogram for the so-called ‘increment process’ is
 $CX~ti,X~tj=γ~x=δ2H2xδ-12H+xδ+12H-2xδ2H,$
where
• $x={t}_{j}-{t}_{i}$,
• $H={\mathbf{params}}\left[0\right]$, $0, $H$ is the Hurst parameter,
• $\delta ={\mathbf{params}}\left[1\right]$, $\delta >0$, normally $\delta ={t}_{i}-{t}_{i-1}$ is the (fixed) stepsize.
We scale the increments to set $\gamma \left(0\right)=1$; let $X\left(i\right)=\frac{\stackrel{~}{X}\left(i\right)}{{\delta }^{-H}}$, then
 $CXti,Xtj = γx = 12 xδ - 1 2H + xδ + 1 2H - 2 xδ 2H .$
The increments $X\left(i\right)$ can then be simulated using nag_rand_field_1d_generate (g05zpc), then multiplied by ${\delta }^{H}$ to obtain the original increments $\stackrel{~}{X}\left(i\right)$ for the fractional Brownian motion.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmSymmStab}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmCauchy}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmDifferential}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmExponential}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmGauss}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmNugget}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmSpherical}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmBessel}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmHole}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmWhittleMatern}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmContParam}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmGenHyp}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmCosine}$ or $\mathrm{Nag_VgmBrownian}$.
7:    $\mathbf{np}$IntegerInput
On entry: the number of parameters to be set. Different variograms need a different number of parameters.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmNugget}$
np must be set to $0$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmDifferential}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmExponential}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmGauss}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmSpherical}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmHole}$ or $\mathrm{Nag_VgmCosine}$
np must be set to $1$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmSymmStab}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmCauchy}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmBessel}$, $\mathrm{Nag_VgmWhittleMatern}$ or $\mathrm{Nag_VgmBrownian}$
np must be set to $2$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmContParam}$
np must be set to $3$.
${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmGenHyp}$
np must be set to $4$.
8:    $\mathbf{params}\left[{\mathbf{np}}\right]$const doubleInput
On entry: the parameters set for the variogram.
Constraint: see cov for a description of the individual parameter constraints.
9:    $\mathbf{pad}$Nag_EmbedPadInput
On entry: determines whether the embedding matrix is padded with zeros, or padded with values of the variogram. The choice of padding may affect how big the embedding matrix must be in order to be positive semidefinite.
${\mathbf{pad}}=\mathrm{Nag_EmbedPadZeros}$
The embedding matrix is padded with zeros.
${\mathbf{pad}}=\mathrm{Nag_EmbedPadValues}$
The embedding matrix is padded with values of the variogram.
Suggested value: ${\mathbf{pad}}=\mathrm{Nag_EmbedPadValues}$.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{pad}}=\mathrm{Nag_EmbedPadZeros}$ or $\mathrm{Nag_EmbedPadValues}$.
10:  $\mathbf{corr}$Nag_EmbedScaleInput
On entry: determines which approximation to implement if required, as described in Section 3.
Suggested value: ${\mathbf{corr}}=\mathrm{Nag_EmbedScaleTraces}$.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{corr}}=\mathrm{Nag_EmbedScaleTraces}$, $\mathrm{Nag_EmbedScaleSqrtTraces}$ or $\mathrm{Nag_EmbedScaleOne}$.
11:  $\mathbf{lam}\left[{\mathbf{maxm}}\right]$doubleOutput
On exit: contains the square roots of the eigenvalues of the embedding matrix.
12:  $\mathbf{xx}\left[{\mathbf{ns}}\right]$doubleOutput
On exit: the points at which values of the random field will be output.
13:  $\mathbf{m}$Integer *Output
On exit: the size of the embedding matrix.
14:  $\mathbf{approx}$Integer *Output
On exit: indicates whether approximation was used.
${\mathbf{approx}}=0$
No approximation was used.
${\mathbf{approx}}=1$
Approximation was used.
15:  $\mathbf{rho}$double *Output
On exit: indicates the scaling of the covariance matrix. ${\mathbf{rho}}=1.0$ unless approximation was used with ${\mathbf{corr}}=\mathrm{Nag_EmbedScaleTraces}$ or $\mathrm{Nag_EmbedScaleSqrtTraces}$.
16:  $\mathbf{icount}$Integer *Output
On exit: indicates the number of negative eigenvalues in the embedding matrix which have had to be set to zero.
17:  $\mathbf{eig}\left[3\right]$doubleOutput
On exit: indicates information about the negative eigenvalues in the embedding matrix which have had to be set to zero. ${\mathbf{eig}}\left[0\right]$ contains the smallest eigenvalue, ${\mathbf{eig}}\left[1\right]$ contains the sum of the squares of the negative eigenvalues, and ${\mathbf{eig}}\left[2\right]$ contains the sum of the absolute values of the negative eigenvalues.
18:  $\mathbf{fail}$NagError *Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 3.7 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation).

6Error Indicators and Warnings

NE_ALLOC_FAIL
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 2.3.1.2 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
On entry, argument $〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$ had an illegal value.
NE_ENUM_INT
On entry, ${\mathbf{np}}=〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$.
Constraint: for ${\mathbf{cov}}=〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$, ${\mathbf{np}}=〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$.
NE_ENUM_REAL_1
On entry, ${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmBrownian}$ and ${\mathbf{xmax}}=〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{xmax}}>0.0$.
On entry, ${\mathbf{params}}\left[〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉\right]=〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$.
Constraint: dependent on cov.
NE_ENUM_REAL_2
On entry, ${\mathbf{cov}}\ne \mathrm{Nag_VgmBrownian}$, ${\mathbf{xmin}}=〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$ and ${\mathbf{xmax}}=〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{xmin}}<{\mathbf{xmax}}$.
NE_INT
On entry, ${\mathbf{maxm}}=〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$.
Constraint: the minimum calculated value for maxm is $〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$.
Where the minimum calculated value is given by ${2}^{k}$, where $k$ is the smallest integer satisfying ${2}^{k}\ge 2\left({\mathbf{ns}}-1\right)$.
On entry, ${\mathbf{ns}}=〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{ns}}\ge 1$.
NE_INTERNAL_ERROR
An internal error has occurred in this function. Check the function call and any array sizes. If the call is correct then please contact NAG for assistance.
See Section 2.7.6 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
NE_NO_LICENCE
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 2.7.5 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
NE_REAL
On entry, ${\mathbf{var}}=〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{var}}\ge 0.0$.

7Accuracy

If on exit ${\mathbf{approx}}=1$, see the comments in Section 3 regarding the quality of approximation; increase the value of maxm to attempt to avoid approximation.

8Parallelism and Performance

nag_rand_field_1d_predef_setup (g05znc) is threaded by NAG for parallel execution in multithreaded implementations of the NAG Library.
nag_rand_field_1d_predef_setup (g05znc) makes calls to BLAS and/or LAPACK routines, which may be threaded within the vendor library used by this implementation. Consult the documentation for the vendor library for further information.
Please consult the x06 Chapter Introduction for information on how to control and interrogate the OpenMP environment used within this function. Please also consult the Users' Note for your implementation for any additional implementation-specific information.

None.

10Example

This example calls nag_rand_field_1d_predef_setup (g05znc) to calculate the eigenvalues of the embedding matrix for $8$ sample points of a random field characterized by the symmetric stable variogram (${\mathbf{cov}}=\mathrm{Nag_VgmSymmStab}$).

10.1Program Text

Program Text (g05znce.c)

10.2Program Data

Program Data (g05znce.d)

10.3Program Results

Program Results (g05znce.r)

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