Natural Resources Research

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 109–123 | Cite as

Mapping Mineralization Probabilities using Multilayer Perceptrons

  • Andrew A. Skabar


Mineral-potential mapping is the process of combining a set of input maps, each representing a distinct geo-scientific variable, to produce a single map which ranks areas according to their potential to host mineral deposits of a particular type. The maps are combined using a mapping function that must be either provided by an expert (knowledge-driven approach), or induced from sample data (data-driven approach). Current data-driven approaches using multilayer perceptrons (MLPs) to represent the mapping function have several inherent problems: they are highly sensitive to the selection of training data; they do not utilize the contextual information provided by nondeposit data; and there is no objective interpretation of the values output by the MLP. This paper presents a new approach by which MLPs can be trained to output values that can be interpreted strictly as representing posterior probabilities. Other advantages of the approach are that it utilizes all data in the construction of the model, and thus eliminates any dependence on a particular selection of training data. The technique is applied to mapping gold mineralization potential in the Castlemaine region of Victoria, Australia, and results are compared with a method based on estimating probability density functions.


Mineral exploration mineral-potential mapping neural networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Computer EngineeringLa Trobe UniversityVictoriaAustralia

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