Network Theory for Mining

Scientists from the Deep Carbon Observatory in the U.S. published a study this week where they report the first application to mineralogy of network theory, commonly used in the analysis of the spread of disease, terrorist cell connections, or Facebook connections.

Fascinating stuff.

“The quest for new mineral deposits is incessant, but until recently, mineral discovery has been more a matter of luck than scientific prediction,” said Shaunna Morrison, lead author of the report, in a media statement. “All that may change thanks to big data,” she added."

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