# sim.rf: Simulates a Stationary Gaussian random field In fields: Tools for Spatial Data

## Description

Simulates a stationary Gaussian random field on a regular grid with unit marginal variance.

## Usage

 `1` ```sim.rf(obj) ```

## Arguments

 `obj` A covariance object that includes information about the covariance function and the grid for evaluation. Usually this is created by a setup call to Exp.image.cov, stationary.image.cov, matern.image.cov or other related covariance functions. (See details below.) `...` Additional arguments passed to a particular method.

## Details

The simulated field has the marginal variance that is determined by the covariance function for zero distance. Within fields the exponential and matern set this equal to one ( e.g. Matern(0) ==1) so that one simulates a random field with a marginal variance of one. For stationary.cov the marginal variance is `cov.function(0)` and we recommend that alternative covariance functions also be normalized so that this is one.

Of course if one requires a Gaussian field with different marginal variance one can simply scale the result of this function. See the third example below.

This function takes an object that includes some preliminary calculations and so is more efficient for simulating more than one field from the same covariance. However, the algorithm using a 2-d FFT (known as circulant embedding) may not always work if the correlation range is large. The simple fix is to increase the size of the domain so that the correlation scale becomes smaller relative to the extent of the domain. Increasing the size can be computationally expensive however and so this method has some limitations. But when it works it is and exact simulation of the random field.

For a stationary model the covariance object should have the components:

names( obj) "m" "n" "grid" "N" "M" "wght",

where m and n are the number of grid points in x and y, grid is a list with components x and y giving the grid points in each coordinate. N and M is the size of the larger grid that is used for simulation. Usually M = 2*m and N =2*n and results in an exact simulation of the stationary Gaussian field. wght is a matrix from the FFT of the covariance function. The easiest way to create this object is to use for example Exp.image.cov with setup=T ( see below).

The classic reference for this algorithm is Wood, A.T.A. and Chan, G. (1994). Simulation of Stationary Gaussian Processes in [0,1]^d . Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, 3, 409-432. Micheal Stein and Tilman Gneiting have also made some additional contributions to the algortihms and theory.

## Value

A matrix with the random field values

 ``` 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19``` ```#Simulate a Gaussian random field with an exponential covariance function, #range parameter = 2.0 and the domain is [0,5]X [0,5] evaluating the #field at a 100X100 grid. grid<- list( x= seq( 0,5,,100), y= seq(0,5,,100)) obj<-Exp.image.cov( grid=grid, theta=.5, setup=TRUE) look<- sim.rf( obj) # Now simulate another ... look2<- sim.rf( obj) # Suppose one requires an exponential, range = 2 # but marginal variance = 10 ( rho in fields notation) look3<- sqrt( 10)* sim.rf( obj) # take a look at first two set.panel(2,1) image.plot( grid\$x, grid\$y, look) title("simulated gaussian fields") image.plot( grid\$x, grid\$y, look2) title("another realization ...") ```