Optimal transformations for multiple regression: Application to permeability estimation from well logs Conference Paper uri icon


  • Conventional multiple regression for permeability estimation from well logs requires a functional relationship to be presumed. Due to the inexact nature of the relationship between petrophysical variables, it is not always possible to identify the underlying functional form between dependent and independent variables in advance. When large variations in petrological properties are exhibited, parametric regression often fails or leads to unstable and erroneous results, especially for multivariate cases. In this paper we describe a nonparametric approach for estimating optimal transformations of petrophysical data to obtain the maximum correlation between observed variables. The approach does not require a priori assumptions of a functional form and the optimal transformations are derived solely based on the data set. An iterative procedure involving the alternating conditional expectation (ACE) forms the basis of our approach. The power of ACE is illustrated using synthetic as well as field examples. The results clearly demonstrate improved permeability estimation by ACE compared to conventional parametric regression methods.

name of conference

  • Proceedings - SPE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery

published proceedings

  • Proceedings - SPE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery

author list (cited authors)

  • Xue, G., Datta-Gupta, A., Valko, P., & Blasingame, T.

complete list of authors

  • Xue, G||Datta-Gupta, A||Valko, P||Blasingame, T

publication date

  • January 1996