# Estimate a non stationary covariance functionΒΆ

The objective of this use case is to estimate from several fields generated by the process . We suppose that the process is not stationary.

In the following example, we illustrate the estimation of the non stationary covariance model defined by:

The domain is discretized on a mesh which is a time grid with 64 points. We build a normal process with zero mean and as covariance function. We discretize the covariance model using for each . We get a fields from the process from wich we estimate the covariance model .

We use the object *NonStationaryCovarianceModelFactory* which creates a *UserDefinedCovarianceModel*.

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from __future__ import print_function
import math as m
import openturns as ot
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# Create the time grid
t0 = -4.0
tmax = 4.0
N = 64
dt = (tmax - t0) / N
tgrid = ot.RegularGrid(t0, dt, N)
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# Create the covariance function at (s,t)
def C(s, t):
return m.exp(-4.0 * abs(s - t) / (1 + (s * s + t * t)))
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# Draw...
def f(X):
s, t = X
return [C(s, t)]
func = ot.PythonFunction(2, 1, f)
func.setDescription(['$s$', '$t$', '$cov$'])
graph = func.draw([t0] * 2, [tmax] * 2)
graph.setTitle('Original covariance model')
graph.setLegendPosition('')
graph
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```
# Create data from a non stationary normal process Omega * [0,T]--> R
# Create the collection of HermitianMatrix
covariance = ot.CovarianceMatrix(N)
for k in range(N):
s = tgrid.getValue(k)
for l in range(k + 1):
t = tgrid.getValue(l)
covariance[k, l] = C(s, t)
covmodel = ot.UserDefinedCovarianceModel(tgrid, covariance)
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# Create the normal process with that covariance model
# based on the mesh tgrid
process = ot.GaussianProcess(covmodel, tgrid)
# Get a sample of fields from the process
N = 1000
sample = process.getSample(N)
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# The covariance model factory
factory = ot.NonStationaryCovarianceModelFactory()
# Estimation on a sample
estimatedModel = factory.build(sample)
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graph = estimatedModel.draw(0, 0, t0, tmax, 256, False)
graph.setTitle('Estimated covariance model')
graph.setLegendPosition('')
graph
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