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MINSQ; a least squares spreadsheet method for calculating mineral proportions from whole rock major element analyses

Walter Herrmann and Ron F. Berry
MINSQ; a least squares spreadsheet method for calculating mineral proportions from whole rock major element analyses
Geochemistry - Exploration, Environment, Analysis (November 2002) 2, Part 4: 361-368

Abstract

MINSQ is a spreadsheet adaptation of the least squares method that utilizes the Solver tool in Microsoft Excel to quantitatively estimate the proportions of constituent minerals in rocks from whole rock lithogeochemical data. It is simple to use and easily and interactively adaptable to observed mineral or normative assemblages. The structure facilitates input of actual mineral analyses for individual rock samples. The spreadsheet format and the numerical Solver tool in Microsoft Excel put the user in a powerful position to adapt this method to a wide range of numerical problems in geochemistry.


ISSN: 1467-7873
EISSN: 2041-4943
Serial Title: Geochemistry - Exploration, Environment, Analysis
Serial Volume: 2, Part 4
Title: MINSQ; a least squares spreadsheet method for calculating mineral proportions from whole rock major element analyses
Affiliation: University of Tasmania, Centre for Ore Deposit Research, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Pages: 361-368
Published: 200211
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society Publishing House, London, United Kingdom
References: 9
Accession Number: 2004-027412
Categories: General geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 3 tables
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 200408
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