Abstract: Uncertainty in site characterization, due to sparsely distributed samples and incomplete site knowledge, is of major concern in resource mining and environmental engineering. Scientists are able to model the spatial continuity and quantify uncertainty of phenomena of interest (i.e. ore grade, subsurface contamination) through the generation and analysis of many equiprobable stochastic simulations (realizations) using concepts of probability theory. We have developed a method of generating equiprobable simulations by combining the traditional frame work of spatial dependencies witnessed in geostatistics with an artificial neural network (ANN) algorithm know as counterpropagation. This new method allows for the generation of simulations that respect the observed sample data as well as the data's underlying spatial structure. Conditional simulation is a natural product of the counterpropagation network using random initial weights while its architecture has computational advantages over other simulation generators due to its parallel information passing topology. Computational speedup, due to the implementation of the algorithm on a local cluster of off-the-shelf computational nodes and software, is another factor that will be discussed. The results of this research illustrate the potential applicability and utility of using the counterpropagation algorithm to conduct a probabilistic assessment while increasing interpretational value of site characterization data.
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