Scaling collapse and structure functions: identifying self-affinity in finite length time series

Empirical determination of the scaling properties and exponents of time series presents a formidable challenge in testing, and developing, a theoretical understanding of turbulence and other out-of-equilibrium phenomena. We discuss the special case of self affine time series in the context of a stochastic process. We highlight two complementary approaches to the differenced variable of the data: i) attempting a scaling collapse of the Probability Density Functions which should then be well described by the solution of the corresponding Fokker-Planck equation and ii) using structure functions to determine the scaling properties of the higher order moments. We consider a method of conditioning that recovers the underlying self affine scaling in a finite length time series, and illustrate it using a Lévy flight.


Publication status:
Authors: Chapman, S.C., Hnat, B., Rowlands, G., Watkins, N.W.

1 January, 2005
Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics / 12
Link to published article: