Simple Gaussian Process Simulation on R

Following the Wikipedia definition an Ornstein–Uhlenbeck process is defined by the following stochastic differential equation: Where is a wiener process, one of it’s properties is that it has Gaussian increments i.e

the aforementioned equation can be discretized in the following fashion: Where And due to the Gaussian increments property of the Wiener process we have that . That means that the values of the increments can be generated using sqrt(dt)*rnorm(1)

I coded the following function in R that takes the time vector, the mean of the process, the standard deviation and the value of theta.

simulate <- function(t, mean=0, std=1, x0=mean, theta=1, number.of.points=length(t)){
  # calculate time differences
  dt <- diff(t)
  X <- vector("numeric", length=number.of.points)
  X[1] <- x0
  for(i in 1:(number.of.points-1)){
    X[i+1] <- X[i] + theta * (mean-X[i])*dt[i] + std * sqrt(dt[i])* rnorm(1)
  data.frame(x=t, y=X)
simulate(t=1:200) %>%  ggplot(aes(x,y)) + geom_line()

Another implementation Using purrr

simulate <- function(t, mean=0, sd=1, theta=1, number.of.points=length(t)){
  stopifnot(!missing(t) | !missing(number.of.points))
    t <- 1:number.of.points

  unlist(purrr::accumulate2(vector("numeric", length=number.of.points-1), diff(t), function(x, o, y) {
    x + theta*(mean - x)* y + sqrt(y)*rnorm(1)
  }, .init=x0), use.names=F) -> X
  data.frame(x=t, y=X)
simulate(number.of.points=200) %>%  ggplot(aes(x,y)) + geom_line()

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