The objective of discriminant analysis is to determine group membership of samples from a group of predictors by finding linear combinations of the variables which maximize the differences between the populations being studied, with the objective of establishing a model to sort objects into their appropriate populations with minimal error.


Dioxide Magnesium Covariance Sandstone Geochemistry 


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Supplemental Reading

  1. Afifi AA, Azen SP (1972) Statistical analysis — a computer oriented approach. Academic Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles E. Brown
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  1. 1.International Geohydroscience and Energy Research (IGER) InstituteCentrevilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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