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Discussion on causality and correlation in geological research
Zhang Qi1; Jiao ShouTao2,3; Lu XinXiang4
AbstractBig data is an effective method through our study in the recent two years. For a long time, human is to know the world by causality, but big data is to increase the value of the data by mining data correlation. In the study of ore deposit, for example, people tend to focus too much on the genesis of ore deposit, the causality between mineralization and magma, the fluid and rock mass. In fact, the relationship is not causality, but correlation. Earlier the basalt tectonic environment discrimination diagrams are almost designed according to the causality thinking, and obtained the certain effect, but are not perfect. We use global basalt and andesite data mining, achieved excellent result. It is mainly based on correlation rather than the causality between elements. For many years, people in the scientific research activities are used to pursuit of causality. Now, the scientific development requires us to pay more attention to the correlation between data, change from pursuit of causality to the pursuit of the correlation. The practice shows that the interference of human factors inevitable during the pursuit of causality. But big data avoid interference with human factors through data mining to pursuit the correlation. Therefore, the result of big data is reliable.
KeywordBig Data Causality Correlation Deposit Genesis Basalt Discrimination Diagram
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Physical Sciences
Indexed BySCI
WOS Research AreaGeology
WOS SubjectGeology
WOS IDWOS:000429429000003
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Corresponding AuthorZhang Qi
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geol & Geophys, Beijing 100029, Peoples R China
2.Sun Yat Sen Univ, Sch Earth Sci & Engn, Guangzhou 510275, Guangdong, Peoples R China
3.Guangdong Prov Key Lab Geol Proc & Mineral Resour, Guangzhou 510275, Guangdong, Peoples R China
4.Acad Land & Resources Henan Prov, Zhengzhou 450053, Henan, Peoples R China
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Zhang Qi,Jiao ShouTao,Lu XinXiang. Discussion on causality and correlation in geological research[J]. ACTA PETROLOGICA SINICA,2018,34(2):275-280.
APA Zhang Qi,Jiao ShouTao,&Lu XinXiang.(2018).Discussion on causality and correlation in geological research.ACTA PETROLOGICA SINICA,34(2),275-280.
MLA Zhang Qi,et al."Discussion on causality and correlation in geological research".ACTA PETROLOGICA SINICA 34.2(2018):275-280.
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