3.6. Clustering and stacking

Prior to template generation, it may be beneficial to cluster earthquake waveforms. Clusters of earthquakes with similar properties can then be stacked to create higher signal-to-noise templates that describe the dataset well (and require fewer templates to reduce computational cost). Clusters could also be reduced to their singular-vectors and employed in a subspace detection routine (coming soon to eqcorrscan).

The following outlines a few examples of clustering and stacking.

3.6.1. Cluster in space

Download a catalog of global earthquakes and cluster in space, set the distance threshold to 1,000km

>>> from eqcorrscan.utils.clustering import space_cluster
>>> from obspy.clients.fdsn import Client
>>> from obspy import UTCDateTime

>>> client = Client("IRIS")
>>> starttime = UTCDateTime("2002-01-01")
>>> endtime = UTCDateTime("2002-02-01")
>>> cat = client.get_events(starttime=starttime, endtime=endtime,
...                         minmagnitude=6, catalog="ISC")
>>> groups = space_cluster(catalog=cat, d_thresh=1000, show=False)

Download a local catalog of earthquakes and cluster much finer (distance threshold of 2km).

>>> client = Client("NCEDC")
>>> cat = client.get_events(starttime=starttime, endtime=endtime,
...                         minmagnitude=2)
>>> groups = space_cluster(catalog=cat, d_thresh=2, show=False)

Setting show to true will plot the dendrogram for grouping with individual groups plotted in different colours. The clustering is performed using scipy’s hierachical clustering routines. Specifically clustering is performed using the linkage method, which is an agglomorative clustering routine. EQcorrscan uses the average method with the euclidean distance metric.

3.6.2. Cluster in time and space

EQcorrscan’s space-time clustering routine first computes groups in space, using the space_cluster method, then splits the returned groups based on their inter-event time.

The following example extends the example of the global catalog with a 1,000km distance threshold and a one-day temporal limit.

>>> from eqcorrscan.utils.clustering import space_time_cluster
>>> client = Client("IRIS")
>>> cat = client.get_events(starttime=starttime, endtime=endtime,
...                         minmagnitude=6, catalog="ISC")
>>> groups = space_time_cluster(catalog=cat, t_thresh=86400, d_thresh=1000)

3.6.3. Cluster according to cross-correlation values

Waveforms from events are often best grouped based on their similarity. EQcorrscan has a method to compute clustering based on average cross-correlations. This again uses scipy’s hierachical clustering routines, however in this case clusters are computed using the single method. Distances are computed from the average of the multi-chanel cross-correlation values.

The following example uses data stored in the EQcorrscan github repository, in the tests directory.

>>> from obspy import read
>>> import glob
>>> import os
>>> from eqcorrscan.utils.clustering import cluster
>>> # You will need to edit this line to the location of your eqcorrscan repo.
>>> testing_path = 'eqcorrscan/tests/test_data/similar_events'
>>> stream_files = glob.glob(os.path.join(testing_path, '*'))
>>> stream_list = [(read(stream_file), i)
...                for i, stream_file in enumerate(stream_files)]
>>> for stream in stream_list:
...     for tr in stream[0]:
...         if tr.stats.station not in ['WHAT2', 'WV04', 'GCSZ']:
...             stream[0].remove(tr) 
...             continue
...         tr = tr.detrend('simple')
...         tr = tr.filter('bandpass', freqmin=5.0, freqmax=15.0)
...         tr = tr.trim(tr.stats.starttime + 40, tr.stats.endtime - 45)
<obspy.core.stream.Stream object at ...>
>>> groups = cluster(template_list=stream_list, show=False,
...                  corr_thresh=0.3, cores=2)
Computing the distance matrix using 2 cores
Computing linkage
Found 9 groups
Extracting and grouping

3.6.4. Stack waveforms (linear)

Following from clustering, similar waveforms can be stacked. EQcorrscan includes two stacking algorithms, a simple linear stacking method, and a phase-weighted stacking method.

The following examples use the test data in the eqcorrscan github repository.

>>> from eqcorrscan.utils.stacking import linstack

>>> # groups[0] should contain 3 streams, which we can now stack
>>> # Groups are returned as lists of tuples, of the stream and event index
>>> group_streams = [st_tuple[0] for st_tuple in groups[0]]
>>> stack = linstack(streams=group_streams)

3.6.5. Stack waveforms (phase-weighted)

The phase-weighted stack method closely follows the method outlined by Thurber et al. 2014. In this method the linear stack is weighted by the stack of the instantaneous phase. In this manor coherent signals are amplified.

>>> from eqcorrscan.utils.stacking import PWS_stack

>>> # groups[0] should contain 3 streams, which we can now stack
>>> # Groups are returned as lists of tuples, of the stream and event index
>>> stack = PWS_stack(streams=group_streams)
Computing instantaneous phase
Computing the phase stack