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HelioPlot, and the treatment of overdispersed (U-Th-Sm)/He data
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    Journal article
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    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Vermeesch P
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  • Pagination:
    108, 111
  • Journal:
    Chemical Geology
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More often than not, (U-Th-Sm)/He ages are overdispersed with respect to the formal analytical uncertainty. The Mean Square of the Weighted Deviates (MSWD) is a useful tool for assessing the amount of overdispersion. If the MSWD is significantly greater than one, the ages can be parameterised by a (log)normal distribution with two sources of variance, which can be iteratively solved using the method of maximum likelihood. The overdispersion of replicate (U-Th-Sm)/He ages is caused by the overdispersion of the underlying U-Th-Sm-He compositions, the geometric mean of which gives rise to the so-called 'central age'. These compositions can be normalised to unity and parameterised by a multivariate logistic normal distribution with two sources of variance, which can be iteratively solved by a multivariate generalisation of the aforementioned age-averaging algorithm. Exact and asymmetric confidence intervals for the central age are obtained using a deterministic Bayesian algorithm. HelioPlot is a Java application developed for the purpose of plotting U-Th-(Sm)-He data on ternary diagrams and logratio plots that implements all these calculations. The program can be downloaded from http://pvermees.andropov.org/helioplot. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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