Description

Handbook of Exploration Geochemistry, Volume 2: Statistics and Data Analysis in Geochemical Prospecting aims to survey the techniques available for the quality control of laboratory data, storage and retrieval of field and laboratory information, statistical analysis of single- and multi-element data, and presentation of geochemical data as maps. The selection first elaborates on data storage and retrieval, control procedures in geochemical analysis, and univariate analysis. Discussions focus on analysis of variance, density distribution, probability graphs, statistical basis of analytical quality control, laboratory control procedures, data storage media, data organization, programming considerations, and generalized data systems. The book then takes a look at sampling methodology, mapping, and multivariate analysis. Concerns cover correlation, cluster analysis, regression, partial correlation, class selection techniques, map filtering techniques, cross-correlation maps, strategies for optimum sampling design, and search techniques. The manuscript elaborates on examples of geochemical data processing in Africa, mathematical and statistical activity in North America, statistical models for geochemical anomalies, geochemical characterization of tin granites in northern Thailand, and use of pattern classification methods in till geochemistry. The selection is highly recommended for researchers interested in statistics and data analysis in geochemical prospecting.

Table of Contents


Editor's Foreword

Preface

List of Contributors

Part I. Techniques of Geochemical Data Processing and Interpretation

Chapter 1. Data Storage and Retrieval

Introduction

Data Storage and Retrieval Systems

Data Storage Media

Types of Data

Data Organization

Data Files

Structure of a Data Storage and Retrieval System

Programming Considerations

Generalized Database Systems

Summary

References

Chapter 2. Control Procedures in Geochemical Analysis

Introduction

The Statistical Basis of Analytical Quality Control

Laboratory Control Procedures

References

Chapter 3. Univariate Analysis

Introduction

Central Tendency and Dispersion

Histograms

Density Distribution

Fitting a Normal Distribution

Analysis of Variance

Group Separation

Probability Graphs

References

Chapter 4. Sampling Methodology

Introduction

Search Techniques

Analysis of Variance

Strategies for Optimum Sampling Design

Conclusion

References

Chapter 5. Mapping

Introduction

Types of Map

Class Selection Techniques

Point-Symbol Maps

Contour Maps

Three-Dimensional Views

Map Filtering Techniques

Cross-Correlation Maps

Multi-Element Maps

References

Chapter 6. Multivaria

Details

Language:
English
Copyright:
© 1983
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
Print ISBN:
9780444420381
Electronic ISBN:
9781483289724

Reviews

@qu:This fine handbook... is intended as a comprehensive reference for professional geologists, field geochemists and upper-level geology students with experience in computer applications to geochemical research and exploration data. If this indeed is the intention of the editor and authors, in my opinion they are right on target. @source: Chemical Geology