perturb {aqp}R Documentation

Perturb soil horizon depths using boundary distinctness

Description

"Perturbs" the boundary between horizons or the thickness of horizons using a standard deviation specified as a horizon-level attribute. This is selected using either boundary.attr or thickness.attr to specify the column name.

The boundary standard deviation corresponds roughly to the concept of "horizon boundary distinctness." In contrast, the horizon thickness standard deviation corresponds roughly to the "variation in horizon thickness" so it may be determined from several similar profiles that have a particular layer "in common."

Usage

perturb(
  p,
  n = 100,
  id = NULL,
  thickness.attr = NULL,
  boundary.attr = NULL,
  min.thickness = 1,
  max.depth = NULL,
  new.idname = "pID"
)

Arguments

p

A single-profile SoilProfileCollection

n

Number of new profiles to generate (default: 100)

id

a vector of profile IDs with length equal to (n). Overrides use of seq_len(n) as default profile ID values.

thickness.attr

Horizon variance attribute containing numeric "standard deviations" reflecting horizon thickness

boundary.attr

Horizon variance attribute containing numeric "standard deviations" reflecting boundary transition distinctness

min.thickness

Minimum thickness of permuted horizons (default: 1)

max.depth

Depth below which horizon depths are not perturbed (default: NULL)

new.idname

New column name to contain unique profile ID (default: pID)

Details

Imagine a Normal curve with mean centered on the vertical (depth axis) at a representative value (RV) horizon bottom depth or thickness. By the Empirical Rule for Normal distribution, two "standard deviations" above or below that "central" mean value represent 95% of the "typical volume" of that horizon or boundary.

perturb can leverage semi-quantitative (ordered factor) levels of boundary distinctness/topography for the upper and lower boundary of individual horizons. A handy function for this is hzDistinctnessCodeToOffset(). The boundary.attr is arguably easier to parameterize from a single profile description or "Form 232" where horizon boundary distinctness classes (based on vertical distance of transition) are conventionally recorded for each layer.

Alternately, perturb can be parameterized using standard deviation in thickness of layers derived from a group. Say, the variance parameters are defined from a set of pedons correlated to a particular series or component, and the template "seed" profile is, for example, the Official Series Description or the Representative Component Pedon.

Value

a SoilProfileCollection with n realizations of p

Author(s)

D.E. Beaudette, A.G. Brown

See Also

random_profile() hzDistinctnessCodeToOffset()

Examples


### THICKNESS

# load sample data and convert into SoilProfileCollection
data(sp3)
depths(sp3) <- id ~ top + bottom

# select a profile to use as the basis for simulation
s <- sp3[3,]

# reset horizon names
s$name <- paste('H', seq_along(s$name), sep = '')

# simulate 25 new profiles
horizons(s)$hz.sd <- 2 # constant standard deviation
sim.1 <- perturb(s, n = 25, thickness.attr = "hz.sd")

# simulate 25 new profiles using different SD for each horizon
horizons(s)$hz.sd <- c(1, 2, 5, 5, 5, 10, 3)
sim.2 <- perturb(s, n = 25, thickness.attr = "hz.sd")

# plot
par(mfrow = c(2, 1), mar = c(0, 0, 0, 0))
plot(sim.1)
mtext(
  'SD = 2',
  side = 2,
  line = -1.5,
  font = 2,
  cex = 0.75
)
plot(sim.2)
mtext(
  'SD = c(1, 2, 5, 5, 5, 10, 3)',
  side = 2,
  line = -1.5,
  font = 2,
  cex = 0.75
)

# aggregate horizonation of simulated data
# note: set class_prob_mode=2 as profiles were not defined to a constant depth
sim.2$name <- factor(sim.2$name)
a <- slab(sim.2, ~ name, class_prob_mode=2)

# convert to long format for plotting simplicity
library(data.table)
a.long <- melt(as.data.table(a),
               id.vars = c('top', 'bottom'),
                measure.vars = levels(sim.2$name))

# plot horizon probabilities derived from simulated data
# dashed lines are the original horizon boundaries
library(lattice)

xyplot(
  top ~ value,
  groups = variable,
  data = a.long,
  subset = value > 0,
  ylim = c(100,-5),
  type = c('l', 'g'),
  asp = 1.5,
  ylab = 'Depth (cm)',
  xlab = 'Probability',
  auto.key = list(
    columns = 4,
    lines = TRUE,
    points = FALSE
  ),
  panel = function(...) {
    panel.xyplot(...)
    panel.abline(h = s$top, lty = 2, lwd = 2)
  }
)

### BOUNDARIES

# example with sp1 (using boundary distinctness)
data("sp1")
depths(sp1) <- id ~ top + bottom

# specify "standard deviation" for boundary thickness
#   consider a normal curve centered at boundary RV depth
# lookup table: ~maximum thickness of boundary distinctness classes, divided by 3
bound.lut <- c('V'=0.5,'A'=2,'C'=5,'G'=15,'D'=45) / 3

## V          A          C          G          D
## 0.1666667  0.6666667  1.6666667  5.0000000 15.0000000

sp1$bound_sd <- bound.lut[sp1$bound_distinct]

# hold any NA boundary distinctness constant
sp1$bound_sd[is.na(sp1$bound_sd)] <- 0

quantile(sp1$bound_sd, na.rm = TRUE)
p <- sp1[3]

# assume boundary sd is 1/12 midpoint of horizon depth
# (i.e. general relationship: SD increases (less well known) with depth)
sp1 <- transform(sp1, midpt = (bottom - top) / 2 + top, bound_sd = midpt / 12)
quantile(sp1$bound_sd)

perturb(p, boundary.attr = "bound_sd", n = 10)


### Custom IDs

ids <- sprintf("%s-%03d", profile_id(p), 1:10) 
perturb(p, boundary.attr = "bound_sd", id = ids)



[Package aqp version 1.31 Index]