Mathematical Geology

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 239–252

The origins of kriging

  • Noel Cressie

DOI: 10.1007/BF00889887

Cite this article as:
Cressie, N. Math Geol (1990) 22: 239. doi:10.1007/BF00889887


In this article, kriging is equated with spatial optimal linear prediction, where the unknown random-process mean is estimated with the best linear unbiased estimator. This allows early appearances of (spatial) prediction techniques to be assessed in terms of how close they came to kriging.

Key words

blueblupcovariance functiongeodesyhomogeneous structure functionmeteorologyminingoptimum interpolationspatial blupstatisticsvariogram

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© International Association for Mathematical Geology 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Noel Cressie
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of StatisticsIowa State UniversityAmes