trend1d(1) Fit a [weighted] [robust] polynomial [or Fourier] model for y = f(x) to xy[w] data.


trend1d -F<xymrw> -N[f]n_model[r] [ xy[w]file ] [ -Ccondition_# ] [ -H[nrec] ] [ -I[confidence_level] ] [ -V ] [ -W ] [ -: ] [ -bi[s][n] ] [ -bo[s][n] ]


trend1d reads x,y [and w] values from the first two [three] columns on standard input [or xy[w]file] and fits a regression model y = f(x) + e by [weighted] least squares. The functional form of f(x) may be chosen as polynomial or Fourier, and the fit may be made robust by iterative reweighting of the data. The user may also search for the number of terms in f(x) which significantly reduce the variance in y.


Specify up to five letters from the set {x y m r w} in any order to create columns of ASCII [or binary] output. x = x, y = y, m = model f(x), r = residual y - m, w = weight used in fitting.
Specify the number of terms in the model, n_model, whether to fit a Fourier (-Nf) or polynomial [Default] model, and append r to do a robust fit. E.g., a robust quadratic model is -N3r.


ASCII [or binary, see -b] file containing x,y [w] values in the first 2 [3] columns. If no file is specified, trend1d will read from standard input.
Set the maximum allowed condition number for the matrix solution. trend1d fits a damped least squares model, retaining only that part of the eigenvalue spectrum such that the ratio of the largest eigenvalue to the smallest eigenvalue is condition_#. [Default: condition_# = 1.0e06. ].
Input file(s) has Header record(s). Number of header records can be changed by editing your .gmtdefaults file. If used, GMT default is 1 header record.
Iteratively increase the number of model parameters, starting at one, until n_model is reached or the reduction in variance of the model is not significant at the confidence_level level. You may set -I only, without an attached number; in this case the fit will be iterative with a default confidence level of 0.51. Or choose your own level between 0 and 1. See remarks section.
Selects verbose mode, which will send progress reports to stderr [Default runs "silently"].
Weights are supplied in input column 3. Do a weighted least squares fit [or start with these weights when doing the iterative robust fit]. [Default reads only the first 2 columns.]
Toggles between (longitude,latitude) and (latitude,longitude) input/output. [Default is (longitude,latitude)]. Applies to geographic coordinates only.
Selects binary input. Append s for single precision [Default is double]. Append n for the number of columns in the binary file(s). [Default is 2 (or 3 if -W is set) columns].
Selects binary output. Append s for single precision [Default is double].


If a Fourier model is selected, the domain of x will be shifted and scaled to [-pi, pi] and the basis functions used will be 1, cos(x), sin(x), cos(2x), sin(2x), ... If a polynomial model is selected, the domain of x will be shifted and scaled to [-1, 1] and the basis functions will be Chebyshev polynomials. These have a numerical advantage in the form of the matrix which must be inverted and allow more accurate solutions. The Chebyshev polynomial of degree n has n+1 extrema in [-1, 1], at all of which its value is either -1 or +1. Therefore the magnitude of the polynomial model coefficients can be directly compared. NOTE: The model coefficients are Chebeshev coefficients, NOT coefficients in a + bx + cxx + ...

The -Nr (robust) and -I (iterative) options evaluate the significance of the improvement in model misfit Chi-Squared by an F test. The default confidence limit is set at 0.51; it can be changed with the -I option. The user may be surprised to find that in most cases the reduction in variance achieved by increasing the number of terms in a model is not significant at a very high degree of confidence. For example, with 120 degrees of freedom, Chi-Squared must decrease by 26% or more to be significant at the 95% confidence level. If you want to keep iterating as long as Chi-Squared is decreasing, set confidence_level to zero.

A low confidence limit (such as the default value of 0.51) is needed to make the robust method work. This method iteratively reweights the data to reduce the influence of outliers. The weight is based on the Median Absolute Deviation and a formula from Huber [1964], and is 95% efficient when the model residuals have an outlier-free normal distribution. This means that the influence of outliers is reduced only slightly at each iteration; consequently the reduction in Chi-Squared is not very significant. If the procedure needs a few iterations to successfully attenuate their effect, the significance level of the F test must be kept low.


To remove a linear trend from data.xy by ordinary least squares, try:

trend1d data.xy -Fxr -N2 > detrended_data.xy

To make the above linear trend robust with respect to outliers, try:

trend1d data.xy -Fxr -N2r > detrended_data.xy

To find out how many terms (up to 20, say) in a robust Fourier interpolant are significant in fitting data.xy, try:

trend1d data.xy -Nf20r -I -V


Huber, P. J., 1964, Robust estimation of a location parameter, Ann. Math. Stat., 35, 73-101.

Menke, W., 1989, Geophysical Data Analysis: Discrete Inverse Theory, Revised Edition, Academic Press, San Diego.