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Tulsa Geological Society


Tulsa Geological Society Digest
Vol. 35 (1967), Pages 283-284

Use of Computers by Geologists: Abstract

Daniel F. Merriam1


Computers now are being used by geologists to aid in the exploration and exploitation of natural resources. Many statistical techniques easily can be utilized with readily available third-generation machines. Trend analysis, correlation methods, and classification procedures are used routinely to help in solving many geologic problems. As computer programs and quality data become available undoubtedly these tools will be used more and additional ones will be developed. It should be obvious that the use of computers is not expedient in all instances, but is especially applicable for manipulations which are performed many times or to unravel extremely complex situations. The potential of the computer is not yet realized, but involvement with them is creating a "new way of life" and certainly effecting change. This change is being felt in science as well as social and economic aspects of our everyday life.


Trend Analysis Correlation Methods Classification Procedures
2D, 3D, and 4D trend analysis auto- and cross-correlation matching coefficients (including similarity, correlation, distance, and cosine-theta)
harmonic analysis (includes time series, Fourier and power-spectrum analysis) auto- and cross-association PCA (principal component analysis), factor analysis, and cladistic methods

Acknowledgments and Associated Footnotes

1 Kansas Geological Survey, Lawrence, Kansas

November 28, 1966

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