Some geological data structures: arrays, networks, trees and forests

Loudon, T.V.. 1971 Some geological data structures: arrays, networks, trees and forests. In: Cutbill, J.L., (ed.) Data processing in biology and geology : proceedings of a symposium held at the Department of Geology, University of Cambridge, 24-26 September, 1969. London, UK, Systematics Association for Academic Press, 135-145, 11pp. (Systematics Association Special Volume, 3).

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Geologists frequently record and process data as two-dimensional arrays. Use of this structure can help to make data collection more systematic, can help groups of workers to standardize their methods, and can provide an effective framework for computer analysis. Even data which cannot conveniently be recorded as a table, because of columns which are largely blank, or because most of the information is contained in a few rows, can be stored and analysed in the computer as an array. The array, however, is not always an appropriate structure in geology. For example, network and tree structure can more effectively represent some types of geological data, such as sequence of events in geological time, or a description in which general and detailed observations are combined. Choice of an appropriate data structure is important for recording data and for handling the data in a computer.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Other
ISBN: 0121997502
NORA Subject Terms: Computer Science
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Date made live: 10 Dec 2012 13:33 +0 (UTC)

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