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While a grad student in a geostatistics course about 15 years ago, this title kept popping up, so I bought it. The book does exactly as its title promises - it is an introduction (and a great one, I might add) to the world of geostats. I learned far more about the how and why of geostats than I ever did from the professor. It is a well thought out approach, logically leading the reader through the theory but in a language that is understandable to the newcomer. As one other reviewer put it - it's a great self-instruction text. Yes, there are some minor editing problems (as another reviewer complained), but they are minor and in no way detract from the value of the text. I am on this site today because I now find myself having to teach the concepts of geostatistics in a GIS course, and the person I loaned my copy to apparently liked it so much they never returned it, so now I need a new one. If you want to understand geostatistics, this is as good a place to start as any.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad Camroux on Sept. 1 2007

Format: Paperback

I took the course a few years ago now, but I still have horrible memories of trying to decipher this text. There is a great number of errors, both factual and typographic. However, I found the typographic errors to be most disturbing and frustrating. Many errors appear in numerous equations, and explanations are not always clear. The example data set used throughout the book is confusing to say the least. If you are stuck for a book to use, then go ahead and use this one. But if you can, try to convince your professor to use a book whose editor wasn't sleeping on the job.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Long

This book does an excellent job outlining the theoretical background and applications of geostatistics. After an overview and explanation of a concept (often involving some mathematical notation) the authors drop back and give an "intuitive" approach to the subject that I find incredibly beneficial.
I am a self-taught student of geostats, and this book is my tutor. While I would prefer some formal instruction to augment this text, the text is excellent and a must-read for any student of the field.

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Geostatistics method of reserve estimation?

That's a big question, because it depends on alot of things. If I were you, I'd try to get into a course. These tend to be expensive and hard to find though. If you forgo the official certification, you can still access a few geostats courses (including worked examples) on Edumine by paying for a monthly access fee (something like $40 CDN). You and I are in the same boat, actually! Good luck!

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