On the reliability of the AMS ellipsoid by statistical methods



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Guerrero Suárez, Sara and Martín Hernández, Fátima (2014) On the reliability of the AMS ellipsoid by statistical methods. Tectonophysics, 629 . pp. 75-86. ISSN 0040-1951

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2014.04.010


Weak magnetic materials whose susceptibility values are close to the instrument's accuracy show very large errors in the direct evaluation of their ellipsoid parameters. This may lead to misinterpretation of the magnetic fabric, which is often used as a geological indicator. In order to estimate the measurement uncertainties, several statistical methods have been proposed. Within the available statistical methods, the Linear Perturbation Analysis (Hext, 1963) and the non-parametric bootstrap (Constable and Tauxe, 1990) technique have been widely used. In this paper, we make a complete study about these methods to estimate their limitations when applied to n measurements of a single sample. We will analyze which method is better in terms of uncertainties, we will determine when the methods do not provide reliable results and we will establish a measuring protocol. For that, we run simulations for the Linear Perturbation Analysis and the non-parametric bootstrap varying i) the number of measurements, ii) the instrumental error and iii) the shape parameter and the anisotropy degree of the AMS ellipsoid. The results show that both methods are not reliable when the difference between eigenvalues is too close in relation to the instrumental error, but increasing the number of measurements can improve the results.

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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Versión Pre-print. Authors are warmly grateful to G. Horcajada for helping with the development of the software and discussion. This paper has benefited significantly from two anonymous reviewer comments and Editor M. Jackson. Also Prof. A. M. Hirt is acknowledged for fruitful discussion. This work is supported by Project no CGL2011-24790 from Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness to SGS and a Ramon y Cajal contract to FMH.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Magnetic-susceptibility; Anisotropy; Tensors; Rocks; Bootstrap
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Geophysics
Sciences > Physics > Meteorology
ID Code:30516
Deposited On:29 May 2015 09:08
Last Modified:26 Aug 2016 23:01

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