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On June 30, the official transfer of power from the Energy Minerals Division’s now past President Justin Birdwell to myself occurred. I find myself slowly acclimating to the new position and finding our path forward. One would think that, having experienced the past three years, we have achieved a degree of acclimation to tumultuous events. Unfortunately, this is not the case and, despite the threat of the pandemic having passed, we still find ourselves on unsure footing.

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Explorer President’s Column

AAPG has had to pull money out of our rainy day investment portfolio to cover our operational cash shortfalls. The COVID pandemic accelerated the need to use money from our rainy day fund, and emergencies like the pandemic are exactly what the investment fund was set up to cover. The problem is that we had operational budget shortfalls for several years before the pandemic, even while the oil and gas industry was financially strong due to the horizontal drilling financial boom cycle.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

It is well known that machine learning is based on complex statistics and programming, which for most of us, are not straightforward. When it comes to choosing the best technique, either supervised or unsupervised, the decision might not be easy and sometimes may even be overwhelming. Where do you even begin? Luckily, much research has been done recently to help geologists find an ideal starting algorithm, or the best machine-learning package. Here we discuss how just focusing on your choice of parameterization in a given machine-learning algorithm is one easy way to obtain better results without having to switch from technique to technique.

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