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Model Fusion and its Use in Earth Sciences

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Model Fusion and its Use in Earth Sciences

R. Romero, O. Ochoa,

A. A. Velasco, and V. Kreinovich

Joint Annual Meeting

NSF Division of Human Resource Development

- In science and engineering, data are generated by different sources
- For example in geophysics there are many sources of data for Earth models:
- ﬁrst-arrival passive seismic data
- ﬁrst-arrival active seismic data
- gravity data
- surface waves

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- Datasets from different sources provide complementary information
- Different geophysical datasets contain different information on Earth structure

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- In general, some datasets provide better accuracy and/or spatial resolution in some areas
- gravity measurements have (relatively) low spatial resolution
- a seismic data point comes from a narrow trajectory of a seismic signal. Thus, spatial resolution is higher

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- Currently
- Datasets are processed separately
- No efficient algorithm to process all datasets simultaneously

- Ideally
- All datasets are used for a single model

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- Designing such a joint inversion technique presents an important theoretical and practical challenge

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- Joint inversion methods still being developed
- Solution: fuse models from different datasets
- Simplest case: data fusion, probabilistic uncertainty
- several estimates of the same quantity

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- each estimation error is normally distributed with 0 mean and known standard deviation
- Least squares: find that minimizes

solution:

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- Different models have different spatial resolution
- Seismic data leads to higher spatial resolution estimates of the desnsity at different locations
- Gravity data leads to lower spatial resolution estimates of the same densities

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- Towards precise formulation:
- High spatial resolution estimates correspond to small spatial cells
- Low spatial resolution estimate is affected by several neighboring spatial cells

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- What is given:
- High spatial resolution estimates
of the values in several small cells

- Low spatial resolution estimates for the weighted averages

- High spatial resolution estimates

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- Objective: based on the estimates and , a more accurate estimate for must be provided
- Geophysical example: represents the density.

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- Taking into account several different types of approximate equalities
- Each high spatial resolution value is approximately equal to the actual value with a known accuracy :

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- Each low spatial resolution value is approximately equal to the weighted average, with a known accuracy :
- Prior knowledge of the values is approximately equal to with accuracy
:

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- Each lower spatial resolution value is approximately equal to the value within each of the smaller cells:

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- Using the Least Squares technique, calculate the desired combined value of by minimizing the corresponding sum of weighted squared differences

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- A fast practical alternative to joint inversion of multiple datasets was presented
- Future work planned is to apply this algorithm with a actual gravity and seismic datasets (Summer ‘10)

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- Omar Ochoa – omar@miners.utep.edu
- VladikKreinovich – vladik@utep.edu
- Aaron Velasco – velasco@geo.utep.edu
- Rodrigo Romero – raromero2@utep.edu

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