Wavelets and the Generalization of the Variogram

Authors: Bosch, E. H.1; Oliver, M. A.2; Webster, R.3

Source: Mathematical Geology, Volume 36, Number 2, February 2004 , pp. 147-186(40)

Publisher: Springer

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The experimental variogram computed in the usual way by the method of moments and the Haar wavelet transform are similar in that they filter data and yield informative summaries that may be interpreted. The variogram filters out constant values; wavelets can filter variation at several spatial scales and thereby provide a richer repertoire for analysis and demand no assumptions other than that of finite variance. This paper compares the two functions, identifying that part of the Haar wavelet transform that gives it its advantages. It goes on to show that the generalized variogram of order k=1, 2, and 3 filters linear, quadratic, and cubic polynomials from the data, respectively, which correspond with more complex wavelets in Daubechies's family. The additional filter coefficients of the latter can reveal features of the data that are not evident in its usual form. Three examples in which data recorded at regular intervals on transects are analyzed illustrate the extended form of the variogram. The apparent periodicity of gilgais in Australia seems to be accentuated as filter coefficients are added, but otherwise the analysis provides no new insight. Analysis of hyerpsectral data with a strong linear trend showed that the wavelet-based variograms filtered it out. Adding filter coefficients in the analysis of the topsoil across the Jurassic scarplands of England changed the upper bound of the variogram; it then resembled the within-class variogram computed by the method of moments. To elucidate these results, we simulated several series of data to represent a random process with values fluctuating about a mean, data with long-range linear trend, data with local trend, and data with stepped transitions. The results suggest that the wavelet variogram can filter out the effects of long-range trend, but not local trend, and of transitions from one class to another, as across boundaries.

Keywords: Daubechies's wavelets; Haar wavelet; filtering; generalized variogram; wavelet analysis

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/B:MATG.0000020469.51320.5d

Affiliations: 1: USACE-ERDC-TEC, 7701 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22315-3864; USA;, Email: bosche@nima.mil 2: Department of Soil Science, The University of Reading, P.O. Box 233, Reading RG6 6DW, United Kingdom;, Email: m.a.oliver@reading.ac.uk 3: Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2JQ, United Kingdom;, Email: richard.webster@bbsrc.ac.uk

Publication date: February 1, 2004

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