Mathematical Geology

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 389–411 | Cite as

Comparative performance of indicator algorithms for modeling conditional probability distribution functions

  • P. Goovaerts


This paper compares the performance of four algorithms (full indicator cokriging. adjacent cutoffs indicator cokriging, multiple indicator kriging, median indicator kriging) for modeling conditional cumulative distribution functions (ccdf).The latter three algorithms are approximations to the theoretically better full indicator cokriging in the sense that they disregard cross-covariances between some indicator variables or they consider that all covariances are proportional to the same function. Comparative performance is assessed using a reference soil data set that includes 2649 locations at which both topsoil copper and cobalt were measured. For all practical purposes, indicator cokriging does not perform better than the other simpler algorithms which involve less variogram modeling effort and smaller computational cost. Furthermore, the number of order relation deviations is found to be higher for cokriging algorithms, especially when constraints on the kriging weights are applied.

Key words

indicator kriging conditional probability order relation deviation E-type estimate soil geochemistry 


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© International Association for Mathematical Geology 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Goovaerts
    • 1
  1. 1.Geological and Environmental Sciences DepartmentStanford UniversityStanford

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