g05zsf produces realizations of a stationary Gaussian random field in two dimensions, using the circulant embedding method. The square roots of the eigenvalues of the extended covariance matrix (or embedding matrix) need to be input, and can be calculated using g05zqforg05zrf.
The routine may be called by the names g05zsf or nagf_rand_field_2d_generate.
A two-dimensional random field in is a function which is random at every point , so is a random variable for each . The random field has a mean function and a symmetric positive semidefinite covariance function . is a Gaussian random field if for any choice of and , the random vector follows a multivariate Normal distribution, which would have a mean vector with entries and a covariance matrix with entries . A Gaussian random field is stationary if is constant for all and for all and hence we can express the covariance function as a function of one variable: . is known as a variogram (or more correctly, a semivariogram) and includes the multiplicative factor representing the variance such that .
The routines g05zqforg05zrf along with g05zsf are used to simulate a two-dimensional stationary Gaussian random field, with mean function zero and variogram , over a domain , using an equally spaced set of points; points in the -direction and points in the -direction. The problem reduces to sampling a Gaussian random vector of size , with mean vector zero and a symmetric covariance matrix , which is an block Toeplitz matrix with Toeplitz blocks of size . Since is in general expensive to factorize, a technique known as the circulant embedding method is used. is embedded into a larger, symmetric matrix , which is an block circulant matrix with circulant bocks of size , where and . can now be factorized as , where is the two-dimensional Fourier matrix ( is the complex conjugate of ), is the diagonal matrix containing the eigenvalues of and . is known as the embedding matrix. The eigenvalues can be calculated by performing a discrete Fourier transform of the first row (or column) of and multiplying by , and so only the first row (or column) of is needed – the whole matrix does not need to be formed.
The symmetry of as a block matrix, and the symmetry of each block of , depends on whether the covariance function is even or not. is even if for all , and uneven otherwise (in higher dimensions, can be even in some coordinates and uneven in others, but in two dimensions is either even in both coordinates or uneven in both coordinates). If is even then is a symmetric block matrix and has symmetric blocks; if is uneven then is not a symmetric block matrix and has non-symmetric blocks. In the uneven case, and are set to be odd in order to guarantee symmetry in .
As long as all of the values of are non-negative (i.e., is positive semidefinite), is a covariance matrix for a random vector which has ‘blocks’ of size . Two samples of can now be simulated from the real and imaginary parts of , where and have elements from the standard Normal distribution. Since , this calculation can be done using a discrete Fourier transform of the vector . Two samples of the random vector can now be recovered by taking the first elements of the first blocks of each sample of – because the original covariance matrix is embedded in , will have the correct distribution.
If is not positive semidefinite, larger embedding matrices can be tried; however if the size of the matrix would have to be larger than maxm, an approximation procedure is used. See the documentation of g05zqforg05zrf for details of the approximation procedure.
g05zsf takes the square roots of the eigenvalues of the embedding matrix , and its size vector , as input and outputs realizations of the random field in .
One of the initialization routines g05kff (for a repeatable sequence if computed sequentially) or g05kgf (for a non-repeatable sequence) must be called prior to the first call to g05zsf.
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1: – Integer arrayInput
On entry: the number of sample points to use in each direction, with sample points in the -direction and sample points in the -direction. The total number of sample points on the grid is, therefore, . This must be the same value as supplied to g05zqforg05zrf when calculating the eigenvalues of the embedding matrix.
2: – IntegerInput
On entry: , the number of realizations of the random field to simulate.
3: – Integer arrayInput
On entry: indicates the size, , of the embedding matrix as returned by g05zqforg05zrf. The embedding matrix is a block circulant matrix with circulant blocks. is the size of each block, and is the number of blocks.
4: – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: contains the square roots of the eigenvalues of the embedding matrix, as returned by g05zqforg05zrf.
, for .
5: – Real (Kind=nag_wp)Input
On entry: indicates the scaling of the covariance matrix, as returned by g05zqforg05zrf.
6: – Integer arrayCommunication Array
Note: the actual argument supplied must be the array state supplied to the initialization routines g05kff or g05kgf.
On entry: contains information on the selected base generator and its current state.
On exit: contains updated information on the state of the generator.
7: – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayOutput
On exit: contains the realizations of the random field. The th realization (where ) of the random field on the two-dimensional grid is stored in , for and for . The points are returned in xx and yy by g05zqforg05zrf.
8: – IntegerInput/Output
On entry: ifail must be set to , or to set behaviour on detection of an error; these values have no effect when no error is detected.
A value of causes the printing of an error message and program execution will be halted; otherwise program execution continues. A value of means that an error message is printed while a value of means that it is not.
If halting is not appropriate, the value or is recommended. If message printing is undesirable, then the value is recommended. Otherwise, the value is recommended. When the value or is used it is essential to test the value of ifail on exit.
On exit: unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6).
6Error Indicators and Warnings
If on entry or , explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by x04aaf).
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
On entry, . Constraint: , .
On entry, . Constraint: .
On entry, , and . Constraints: , for .
On entry, at least one element of lam was negative. Constraint: all elements of lam must be non-negative.
On entry, . Constraint: .
On entry, state vector has been corrupted or not initialized.
An unexpected error has been triggered by this routine. Please
See Section 7 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 8 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 9 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
8Parallelism and Performance
Background information to multithreading can be found in the Multithreading documentation.
g05zsf is threaded by NAG for parallel execution in multithreaded implementations of the NAG Library.
g05zsf 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 routine. Please also consult the Users' Note for your implementation for any additional implementation-specific information.
Because samples are generated in pairs, calling this routine times, with , say, will generate a different sequence of numbers than calling the routine once with , unless is even.
This example calls g05zsf to generate realizations of a two-dimensional random field on a grid. This uses eigenvalues of the embedding covariance matrix for a symmetric stable variogram as calculated by g05zrf with .