Exploratory data analysis in the geophysical sciences
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2010
Copyright © 1980 by the American Geophysical Union.
Reviews of Geophysics
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 699–717, August 1980
How to Cite
1980), Exploratory data analysis in the geophysical sciences, Rev. Geophys., 18(3), 699–717, doi:10.1029/RG018i003p00699., and (
- Issue published online: 14 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 MAR 1980
- Manuscript Received: 21 JAN 1980
Exploratory data analysis (EDA) techniques are particularly relevant to the geophysical sciences, since geophysical systems typically possess multiple correlations of a variety of parameters on widely differing time scales, often in conjunction with temporal patterns of low intensity but high importance. In this article a variety of EDA techniques (robust statistics, scatterplots, histograms, stem-and-leaf diagrams, box plots, trend analysis programs, and quantile-quantile plots) are applied to geophysical data to demonstrate the successful elucidation of information difficult or impossible to extract from the data by more formal and traditional statistical approaches.