## The Seasonal DLM

I introduced the class of state space models called DLMs in a previous post covering the Kalman Filter. The seasonal DLM is similar to the first order DLM, however it incorporates a deterministic transformation to the state, in order to capture cyclic trends. Remember a general DLM can be written as:

\[\begin{align} y_t &= F_t x_t + \nu_t, \qquad \mathcal{N}(0, V_t), \\ x_t &= G_t x_{t-1} + \omega_t, \quad \mathcal{N}(0, W_t). \end{align}\]

In the fourier-form seasonal DLM, the state is transformed by a block diagonal matrix, \(G_t\), containing rotation matrices. The rotation matrix is given by:

$$R = \[\begin{pmatrix} \cos(\omega) & -\sin(\omega) \\ \sin(\omega) & \cos(\omega) \end{pmatrix}\],$$ where \(\omega\) is the frequency of the seasonality. In practice, it is easier to specify the period of the seasonality, \(T\), which is related to the frequency: \(\omega = 2 \pi/T\). This means if we have data measured at hourly intervals and we believe the process has a daily cycle, then we will set \(T = 24\).

In order to model higher harmonics of the seasonality, we combine rotation matrices together into a block diagonal matrix, to form the \(G\) matrix, for instance with 3 harmonics the system matrix is:

\[G = \begin{pmatrix} \cos(\omega) & -\sin(\omega) & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0\\ \sin(\omega) & \cos(\omega) & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & \cos(2\omega) & -\sin(2\omega) & 0& 0 \\ 0 & 0 & \sin(2\omega) & \cos(2\omega) & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & \cos(3\omega) & -\sin(3\omega) \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & \sin(3\omega) & \cos(3\omega) \\ \end{pmatrix}.\]

In this case, the latent state, \(x_t\) is six-dimensional. This means system evolution variance-covariance matrix, \(W_t\) is a six by six matrix.

First we should make a `case class`

in Scala representing a DLM. A `case class`

in Scala is a class with a default `apply`

method used to construct instances of the class. The `case class`

also has getter methods which can be used to access the values of the class. The `case class`

will be for a DLM with constant \(F\) and \(G\) matrices.

```
import breeze.linalg._
case class Dlm(f: DenseMatrix[Double], g: DenseMatrix[Double])
```

Note that, for univariate observations \(F\) will be a row vector, the recommended way to specify row vectors using Breeze is to use a matrix with a single row. The DLM also has associated parameters which we will assume are constant and write as a `case class`

.

`case class Parameters(v: Double, w: DenseMatrix[Double], m0: DenseVector[Double], c0: DenseMatrix[Double])`

Then we can add a method to simulate forward given a value of the `Parameters`

, firstly we will write a single step of the simulation:

```
case class Data(time: Double, observation: Double, state: DenseVector[Double])
def simStep(p: Parameters, model: Dlm): Data => Rand[Data] = d => {
for {
<- MultivariateGaussian(DenseVector.zeros(p.w.cols), p.w)
w = model.g * d.state + w
x1 <- Gaussian(0, p.v)
v = model.f.toDenseVector dot x1 + v
y } yield Data(d.time + 1.0, y, x1)
}
```

This function contains a for comprehension, the `<-`

symbol represents either a `map`

or a `flatMap`

. Since the `w`

and `v`

are `Rand[Double]`

values, we need to access the value inside of the `Rand`

and perform a function on it, the for comprehension desugars to:

```
MultivariateGaussian(DenseVector.zeros(p.w.cols), p.w).
flatMap(w => {
val x1 = model.g * d.state + w
Gaussian(0, p.v).map(v => {
val y = model.f.toDenseVector dot x1 + v
Data(d.time + 1.0, y, x1)
})}
)
```

The desugared chain of `flatMap`

and `map`

evaluates to the same result, but the for-comprehension is more readable. This syntax provides a clean and elegent way to work within the context of a Monad, `Rand`

is an example of a Monad representing a distribution.

Now, we can use the `MarkovChain`

breeze object to simulate the full series:

```
def simMarkov(p: Parameters, model: Dlm): Rand[Process[Data]] = {
for {
<- MultivariateGaussian(p.m0, p.c0)
x0 <- Gaussian(model.f.toDenseVector dot x0, p.v)
y0 = Data(0.0, y0, x0)
init } yield MarkovChain(init)(simStep(p, model))
}
```

Note that the Markov chain is a `Rand[Process[Double]]`

, this is not the most elegant and I’m open to suggestions on a better way to formulate this. Once we have defined a Markov chain, we must draw from it which returns a `Process[Double]`

, the initial draw is to sample from the initial state distribution \(\mathcal{N}(m_0, C_0)\). Next, we can sample from the `Process`

and plot it. A simulation from the seasonal DLM, with parameters \(V = 3\) and \(W = I_6\), is given below:

## Citation

```
@online{law2016,
author = {Jonny Law},
title = {Seasonal {DLM}},
date = {2016-12-13},
langid = {en}
}
```