Clustering of volcanic ash arising from different fragmentation mechanisms using Kohonen self-organizing maps

Ersoy O., Aydar E., Gourgaud A., Artuner H., Bayhan H.

COMPUTERS & GEOSCIENCES, vol.33, no.6, pp.821-828, 2007 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cageo.2006.10.008
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.821-828
  • Keywords: neural networks, Kohonen self-organizing maps, volcanic ash, Nemrut


In this study, we present the visualization and clustering capabilities of self-organizing maps (SOM) for analyzing high dimensional data. We used SOM because they implement an orderly mapping of a high-dimensional distribution onto a regular low-dimensional grid. We used surface texture parameters of volcanic ash that arose from different fragmentation mechanisms as input data. We found that SOM cluster 13-dimensional data more accurately than conventional statistical classifiers. The component planes constructed by SOM are more successful than statistical tests in determining the distinctive parameters. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.