# trend2d¶

Fit a [weighted] [robust] polynomial model for z = f(x,y) to xyz[w] data

## Synopsis¶

**gmt trend2d** [ *table* ] **-F****xyzmrw**|**p** **-N***n_model*[**+r**]
[ *xyz[w]file* ]
[ **-C***condition_number* ]
[ **-I**[*confidence_level*] ]
[ **-V**[*level*] ]
[ **-W**[**+s**] ] [
[ **-b**binary ]
[ **-d**nodata ]
[ **-e**regexp ]
[ **-f**flags ]
[ **-h**headers ]
[ **-i**flags ]
[ **-:**[**i**|**o**] ]
[ **–PAR**=*value* ]

**Note:** No space is allowed between the option flag and the associated arguments.

## Description¶

**trend2d** reads x,y,z [and w] values from the first three [four]
columns on standard input [or *xyz[w]file*] and fits a regression model
z = f(x,y) + e by [weighted] least squares. 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,y) which significantly reduce the variance in z.
n_model may be in [1,10] to fit a model of the following form (similar
to grdtrend):

m1 + m2*x + m3*y + m4*x*y + m5*x*x + m6*y*y + m7*x*x*x + m8*x*x*y + m9*x*y*y + m10*y*y*y.

The user must specify **-N***n_model*, the number of model parameters
to use; thus, **-N***4* fits a bilinear trend, **-N***6* a quadratic
surface, and so on. Optionally, append **+r** to perform a robust fit. In
this case, the program will iteratively reweight the data based on a
robust scale estimate, in order to converge to a solution insensitive to
outliers. This may be handy when separating a “regional” field from a
“residual” which should have non-zero mean, such as a local mountain on
a regional surface.

## Required Arguments¶

**-F****xyzmrw**|**p**- Specify up to six letters from the set {
**x y z m r w**} in any order to create columns of ASCII [or binary] output.**x**= x,**y**= y,**z**= z,**m**= model f(x,y),**r**= residual z -**m**,**w**= weight used in fitting. Alternatively, to just report the model parameters, specify**-Fp**.

**-N***n_model*[**+r**]- Specify the number of terms in the model,
*n_model*, and append**+r**to do a robust fit. E.g., a robust bilinear model is**-N***4***+r**.

## Optional Arguments¶

*table*- One or more ASCII [or binary, see
**-bi**] files containing x,y,z [w] values in the first 3 [4] columns. If no files are specified,**trend2d**will read from standard input.

**-C***condition_number*- Set the maximum allowed condition number for the matrix solution.
**trend2d**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. ].

**-I**[*confidence_level*]- 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.

**-V**[*level*] (more ...)- Select verbosity level [c].

**-W**[**+s**]- Weights are supplied in input column 4. Do a weighted least squares
fit [or start with these weights when doing the iterative robust
fit]. Append
**+s**to instead read data uncertainties (one sigma) and create weights as 1/sigma^2 [Default reads only the first 3 columns.]

**-bi**[*ncols*][**t**] (more ...)- Select native binary format for primary input. [Default is 3 (or 4 if
**-W**is set) input columns].

**-bo**[*ncols*][*type*] (more ...)- Select native binary output. [Default is 1-6 columns as set by
**-F**].

**-d**[**i**|**o**]*nodata*(more ...)- Replace input columns that equal
*nodata*with NaN and do the reverse on output.

**-e**[**~**]*“pattern”***|****-e**[**~**]/*regexp*/[**i**] (more ...)- Only accept data records that match the given pattern.

**-f**[**i**|**o**]*colinfo*(more ...)- Specify data types of input and/or output columns.

**-h**[**i**|**o**][*n*][**+c**][**+d**][**+r***remark*][**+r***title*] (more ...)- Skip or produce header record(s).

**-i***cols*[**+l**][**+s***scale*][**+o***offset*][,*...*] (more ...)- Select input columns and transformations (0 is first column).

**-:**[**i**|**o**] (more ...)- Swap 1st and 2nd column on input and/or output.

**-^**or just**-**- Print a short message about the syntax of the command, then exits (NOTE: on Windows just use
**-**). **-+**or just**+**- Print an extensive usage (help) message, including the explanation of any module-specific option (but not the GMT common options), then exits.
**-?**or no arguments- Print a complete usage (help) message, including the explanation of all options, then exits.
**–PAR**=*value*- Temporarily override a GMT default setting; repeatable. See gmt.conf for parameters.

## Remarks¶

The domain of x and y will be shifted and scaled to [-1, 1] and the
basis functions are built from Chebyshev polynomials. These have a
numerical advantage in the form of the matrix which must be inverted and
allow more accurate solutions. In many applications of **trend2d** the
user has data located approximately along a line in the x,y plane which
makes an angle with the x axis (such as data collected along a road or
ship track). In this case the accuracy could be improved by a rotation
of the x,y axes. **trend2d** does not search for such a rotation;
instead, it may find that the matrix problem has deficient rank.
However, the solution is computed using the generalized inverse and
should still work out OK. The user should check the results graphically
if **trend2d** shows deficient rank. NOTE: The model parameters listed
with **-V** are Chebyshev coefficients; they are not numerically
equivalent to the m#s in the equation described above. The description
above is to allow the user to match **-N** with the order of the
polynomial surface. For evaluating Chebyshev polynomials, see
grdmath.

The **-N***n_model***r** (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.

## ASCII Format Precision¶

The ASCII output formats of numerical data are controlled by parameters
in your gmt.conf file. Longitude and latitude are formatted
according to FORMAT_GEO_OUT, absolute time is
under the control of FORMAT_DATE_OUT and
FORMAT_CLOCK_OUT, whereas general floating point values are formatted
according to FORMAT_FLOAT_OUT. Be aware that the format in effect
can lead to loss of precision in ASCII output, which can lead to various
problems downstream. If you find the output is not written with enough
precision, consider switching to binary output (**-bo** if available) or
specify more decimals using the FORMAT_FLOAT_OUT setting.

## Examples¶

To remove a planar trend from data.xyz by ordinary least squares, use

gmt trend2d data.xyz -Fxyr -N3 > detrended_data.xyz

To simply report the three coefficients, use

gmt trend2d data.xyz -Fp -N3 > parameters.txt

To make the above planar trend robust with respect to outliers, use

gmt trend2d data.xzy -Fxyr -N3+r > detrended_data.xyz

To find out how many terms (up to 10 in a robust interpolant are significant in fitting data.xyz, use

gmt trend2d data.xyz -N10+r -I -V

## References¶

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.