Articles | Volume 6, issue 3
Solid Earth, 6, 869–879, 2015
Solid Earth, 6, 869–879, 2015

Short communication 24 Jul 2015

Short communication | 24 Jul 2015

Revisiting the statistical analysis of pyroclast density and porosity data

B. Bernard et al.

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This paper presents a new methodology to treat statistically pyroclast density and porosity data sets introducing a weighting parameter. It also proposes a stability analysis to check if the sample set is large enough for statistical reliability. Finally we introduce graphical statistics to improve distinction between pyroclastic deposits and understanding of eruptive dynamics. An open source R code is supplied that includes all these features in order to facilitate data processing.