# Fitting a superposition of Ornstein–Uhlenbeck process to time series of discharge in a perennial river environment

## DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21914/anziamj.v63.16985## Keywords:

supOU process, river hydrology, autocorrelation## Abstract

Classical Ornstein–Uhlenbeck (ou) processes are Lévy-driven linear stochastic models with exponentially decaying autocorrelation functions which do not always fit more slowly decaying real time series data. A superposition of ou processes (known as a supou process) is proposed to overcome this issue for application to river discharge time series data. The discharge data has a sub-exponential autocorrelation function and this is captured by the supou process based on the mean reversion speed generated by a Gamma distribution. All the parameters of the supou process are identified by matching the autocorrelation and the first to fourth statistical moments of the discharge data. The empirical and modelled histograms of the discharge data are comparable with each other.

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