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Re: [ai-geostats] Definition of Nugget Effect

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  • Isobel Clark
    Colin Alwyn is a graduate of the Leeds University programme in geostatistics. Bon Royle, who was the first in the UK to go to Fontainebleau and learn
    Message 1 of 5 , Jun 8, 2005
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      Colin
       
      Alwyn is a graduate of the Leeds University programme in geostatistics. Bon Royle, who was the first in the UK to go to Fontainebleau and learn geostatistics, coined the term "nugget variance" for the nugget effect. He also used the notation "N" for nugget effect unlike the more general notation of C_sub_zero.
       
      Whatever you call it, it represents the micro-scale variation which cannot be predicted at the current scale of your sampling. Since we use a semi-variogram, it is one-half of the variance between two samples at almost exactly the same location.
       
      Geostatistics schools differ on what to do at exactly zero distance (and software packages reflect this). Some schools (e.g. Stanford) insist that nugget effect is due solely to sampling error and use the nugget semi-variance at zero distance. Others say that the nugget effect is micro-scale (even microscopic scale) and use it everywhere except at zero distance. At zero the semi-variance is set to zero. A good question to ask your software vendor is "what does your software do with the semi-variogram (or covarianc) at zero distance".
       
      Reality is somewhere in between, but I do not know any software which allows you to allocate some of the nugget effect at zero. Of course, you can always get round this by adding a component with a very short range of influence.
       
      Isobel

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