Geofisica pura e applicata

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 13–14 | Cite as

Note on the determination of the best-fitting plane for a given set of directions

  • A. R. Ritsema
  • J. G. J. Scholte


Using Lagrange's multiplicator, a least-squares solution for the position of the plane that is in best accord with a finit number of directions is derived. Reference is made to a seismo-tectonic problem to which the solution can be applied.


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© Istituto Geofisico Italiano 1961

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. R. Ritsema
    • 1
  • J. G. J. Scholte
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Netherlands Meteorological InstituteDe BiltNetherlands

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