Robust principal component analysis (PCA) has been proved to be an efficient multivariate statistical method for extraction of a multivariate structure of geochemical data containing outlier values. Furthermore, because of the compositional characteristics of geochemical data, logratio transformation approaches also have to be implemented to transform the data from the simplex space into real space. In order to model the extracted principal component of transformed data, we used sequential Gaussian simulation (SGS) to overcome the drawbacks associated with the traditional kriging method, e.g. bias conditionally relevant to underestimation and overestimation, the smoothing effect and so on.

The results of implementing robust PCA on both untransformed and logratio transformed data, which have been acquired from an orogenic gold deposit, indicate that robust PCA analysis of untransformed data is not capable of certifying element association of gold occurrences. However, in robust PCA analysis of transformed data, both varieties of gold mineralization, associated with pyrite mineral and quartz veins, have been revealed. The first variety of gold occurrence is detected in an integrated PC obtained from PC1, PC2 and PC3, which are associated with Pb, As, Hg, Mo, S and Sb elements in quartz–sulphide veins. The second one, PC4, could be correlated with quartz veins. Furthermore, the results of the geostatistical SGS approach are compatible with the detected anomaly in the Alut gold deposit.

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