Application of discriminant analysis and support vector machine in mapping gold potential areas for further drilling in the Sari-Gunay gold deposit, NW Iran

Geranian, Hamid, Tabatabaei, Seyed Hassan, Asadi, Hooshang H., and Carranza, Emmanuel John M. (2016) Application of discriminant analysis and support vector machine in mapping gold potential areas for further drilling in the Sari-Gunay gold deposit, NW Iran. Natural Resources Research, 25 (2). pp. 145-159.

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Abstract

In this contribution, we used discriminant analysis (DA) and support vector machine (SVM) to model subsurface gold mineralization by using a combination of the surface soil geochemical anomalies and earlier bore data for further drilling at the Sari-Gunay gold deposit, NW Iran. Seventy percent of the data were used as the training data and the remaining 30 % were used as the testing data. Sum of the block grades, obtained by kriging, above the cutoff grade (0.5 g/t) was multiplied by the thickness of the blocks and used as productivity index (PI). Then, the PI variable was classified into three classes of background, medium, and high by using fractal method. Four classification functions of SVM and DA methods were calculated by the training soil geochemical data. Also, by using all the geochemical data and classification functions, the general extension of the gold mineralized zones was predicted. The mineral prediction models at the Sari-Gunay hill were used to locate high and moderate potential areas for further infill systematic and reconnaissance drilling, respectively. These models at Agh-Dagh hill and the area between Sari-Gunay and Agh-Dagh hills were used to define the moderate and high potential areas for further reconnaissance drilling. The results showed that the nu-SVM method with 73.8 % accuracy and c-SVM with 72.3 % accuracy worked better than DA methods.

Item ID: 49210
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-8981
Keywords: Classification, discriminant analysis, support vector machine, gold potential mapping, Sari-Gunay deposit
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 03:07
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040399 Geology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 84 MINERAL RESOURCES (excl. Energy Resources) > 8401 Mineral Exploration > 840105 Precious (Noble) Metal Ore Exploration @ 100%
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