What did they just say? Building a Rosetta stone for geoscience and machine learning

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Modern advancements in science and engineering are built upon multidisciplinary projects that bring experts together from different fields. Within their respective disciplines, researchers rely on precise terminology for specific ideas, principles, methods, and theories. Hence, the potential for miscommunication is substantial, especially when common words have been adopted by one (or both) group(s) to represent very specific, precise, but, perhaps, different concepts. Under the best circumstances, misunderstanding key terms will lead toward a breakdown of efficiency. Under less optimal conditions, miscommunication will sow frustration, lead to errors, and inhibit scientific breakthroughs. Here, our research group of geoscientists and machine learning experts presents a process to help geoscientists understand the fundamentals of supervised learning by describing the general workflow (i.e., a conceptual pipeline) for supervised learning that must be understood by all the parties involved in a geoscience-machine learning endeavor. Terms critical for machine learning are introduced, defined, and used within the context of an overly simplified mock hydrological study to illustrate their appropriate usage, and then used again in the context of a published geothermal-machine learning study. These key terms are divided into two groups, which are 1) essential to the field of machine learning but are predominantly absent in geoscience or 2) homonyms (i.e., words with the same spelling or pronunciation but with different meanings) between the fields. Lastly, we discuss a few other important homonyms that were not introduced in the general workflow but arise regularly in machine learning applications
Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title What did they just say? Building a Rosetta stone for geoscience and machine learning
Volume 46
Year Published 2022
Language English
Publisher Geothermal Rising
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 28 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Using the earth to save the earth
First page 1347
Last page 1374
Conference Title 2022 Geothermal Rising Conference
Conference Location Reno, NV
Conference Date Aug 28-31, 2022
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