Exponential, Matern, Radial Basis {fields}R Documentation

Covariance functions


Functional form of covariance function assuming the argument is a distance between locations. As they are defined here, they are in fact correlation functions. To set the marginal variance (sill) parameter, use the rho argument in mKrig or Krig. To set the nugget variance, use te sigma2 argument in mKrig or Krig.


Exponential(d, range = 1, alpha = 1/range)
Matern(d , range = 1,alpha=1/range, smoothness = 0.5, 
       nu= smoothness) 
Matern.cor.to.range(d, nu, cor.target=.5, guess=NULL,...)
RadialBasis(d,M,dimension, derivative = 0)



Vector of distances or for Matern.cor.to.range just a single distance.


Range parameter default is one. Note that the scale can also be specified through the "theta" scaling argument used in fields covariance functions)




Smoothness parameter in Matern. Controls the number of derivatives in the process. Default is 1/2 corresponding to an exponential covariance.


Same as smoothness


Interpreted as a spline M is the order of the derivatives in the penalty.


Dimension of function


Correlation used to match the range parameter. Default is .5.


An optional starting guess for solution. This should not be needed.


If greater than zero finds the first derivative of this function.


Additional arguments to pass to the bisection search function.



exp( -d/range)


con*(d\^nu) * besselK(d , nu )

Matern covariance function transcribed from Stein's book page 31 nu==smoothness, alpha == 1/range

GeoR parameters map to kappa==smoothness and phi == range check for negative distances

con is a constant that normalizes the expression to be 1.0 when d=0.

Matern.cor.to.range: This function is useful to find Matern covariance parameters that are comparable for different smoothness parameters. Given a distance d, smoothness nu, target correlation cor.target and range theta, this function determines numerically the value of theta so that

Matern( d, range=theta, nu=nu) == cor.target

See the example for how this might be used.

Radial basis functions:

   C.m,d  r**(2m-d)        d- odd

   C.m,d  r**(2m-d)ln(r)    d-even

where C.m.d is a constant based on spline theory and r is the radial distance between points. See radbas.constant for the computation of the constant. NOTE: Earlier versions of fields used ln(r^2) instead of ln(r) and so differ by a factor of 2.


For the covariance functions: a vector of covariances.

For Matern.cor.to.range: the value of the range parameter.


Doug Nychka


Stein, M.L. (1999) Statistical Interpolation of Spatial Data: Some Theory for Kriging. Springer, New York.

See Also

stationary.cov, stationary.image.cov, Wendland,stationary.taper.cov rad.cov


# a Matern correlation function 
 d<- seq( 0,10,,200)
 y<- Matern( d, range=1.5, smoothness=1.0)
 plot( d,y, type="l")

# Several Materns of different smoothness with a similar correlation 
# range

# find ranges for nu = .5, 1.0 and 2.0 
# where the correlation drops to .1 at a distance of 10 units.

 r1<- Matern.cor.to.range( 10, nu=.5, cor.target=.1)
 r2<- Matern.cor.to.range( 10, nu=1.0, cor.target=.1)
 r3<- Matern.cor.to.range( 10, nu=2.0, cor.target=.1)

# note that these equivalent ranges
# with respect to this correlation length are quite different
# due the different smoothness parameters. 

 d<- seq( 0, 15,,200)
 y<- cbind(  Matern( d, range=r1, nu=.5),
             Matern( d, range=r2, nu=1.0),
             Matern( d, range=r3, nu=2.0))

 matplot( d, y, type="l", lty=1, lwd=2)
 xline( 10)
 yline( .1)

[Package fields version 8.4-1 Index]