MAX UnMix: A web application for unmixing magnetic coercivity distributions

Daniel P. Maxbauer, Joshua M. Feinberg, David L. Fox

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It is common in the fields of rock and environmental magnetism to unmix magnetic mineral components using statistical methods that decompose various types of magnetization curves (e.g., acquisition, demagnetization, or backfield). A number of programs have been developed over the past decade that are frequently used by the rock magnetic community, however many of these programs are either outdated or have obstacles inhibiting their usability. MAX UnMix is a web application (available online at, built using the shiny package for R studio, that can be used for unmixing coercivity distributions derived from magnetization curves. Here, we describe in detail the statistical model underpinning the MAX UnMix web application and discuss the programs functionality. MAX UnMix is an improvement over previous unmixing programs in that it is designed to be user friendly, runs as an independent website, and is platform independent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-145
Number of pages6
JournalComputers and Geosciences
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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  • R studio
  • Rock magnetism
  • Unmixing
  • shiny


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