Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 175, Issue 10, pp 3395–3401 | Cite as

The Cross-Correlation and Reshuffling Tests in Discerning Induced Seismicity

  • Ryan SchultzEmail author
  • Luciano Telesca


In recent years, cases of newly emergent induced clusters have increased seismic hazard and risk in locations with social, environmental, and economic consequence. Thus, the need for a quantitative and robust means to discern induced seismicity has become a critical concern. This paper reviews a Matlab-based algorithm designed to quantify the statistical confidence between two time-series datasets. Similar to prior approaches, our method utilizes the cross-correlation to delineate the strength and lag of correlated signals. In addition, use of surrogate reshuffling tests allows for the dynamic testing against statistical confidence intervals of anticipated spurious correlations. We demonstrate the robust nature of our algorithm in a suite of synthetic tests to determine the limits of accurate signal detection in the presence of noise and sub-sampling. Overall, this routine has considerable merit in terms of delineating the strength of correlated signals, one of which includes the discernment of induced seismicity from natural.


Cross-correlation reshuffling tests induced seismicity statistical confidence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alberta Geological SurveyEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Istituto di Metodologie per l’Analisi AmbientaleBasilicataItaly

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