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Testing the randomness of lithostratigraphic successions with the Markov Chain methods

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Author(s): Marek DOKTOR | Andrzej KRAWCZYK | Wojciech MASTEJ

Journal: Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae
ISSN 0208-9068

Volume: 80;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 163;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Markov chain methods | Monte Carlo methods | coal-bearing successions

ABSTRACT
The crucial role in the studies on layer successions in lithostratigraphic sections with the application of stochastic model of depositional processes represented by the Markov chain is played by correct estimation of the matrix of transition numbers between lithofacies expected in a random sequence. Methods known from the literature are iteration procedures, which do not ensure quick, general solution. Hence, we propose a universal method based upon the Monte Carlo simulation technique. This method enables the researcher to estimate precisely and reliably the expected matrix of facies transitions.

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