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Note on the inclusion of site classification information in equations to estimate strong ground motions

Douglas, John (2003) Note on the inclusion of site classification information in equations to estimate strong ground motions. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 7 (3). pp. 373-380. ISSN 1559-808X

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Two main regression methods have been proposed for using site category information within ground motion prediction equations, these are: (a) joint estimation of the site category coefficients and the magnitude and distance coefficients; or (b) estimation of site category coefficients by using the residuals from the equation derived without considering soil conditions. Method (a) requires each record be assigned a site category whereas for method (b), because it relies on residuals, site information can be missing for some records. This short note finds that if the mean of the transformed distances within each site category is the same then the two methods give the same site coefficients. If, however, these means are significantly different then method (b) can yield incorrect site coefficients.