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The Fry method, based on the relative movement of different material points, typically grain centers, with reference to each other graphically yields a point distribution that displays the finite strain ellipse as a central vacancy. The diffused nature of the central vacancy induces subjectivity in strain estimation, particularly, if the point population when undeformed lacked an isotropic anticlustered distribution. Most existing methods use analytical and/or iterative approaches for improving the sharpness of the central vacancy and positioning the best-fit strain ellipse in a Fry plot. We provide an image-analysis method that is independent of any iteration or analytical solution. It is also an efficient technique for extraction of the central vacancy without any subjectivity. The method is more direct, simple and easy-to-use than most existing techniques.The image-analysis method uses Gaussian blur filter for distinction between the areas of largest and smallest pixel intensities in a Fry plot image. It then applies the optimal threshold value and an inversion filter for extraction of the sharp central vacancy. The method also searches for the best-fit strain ellipse through the extracted central vacancy and displays axial ratio and orientation of the ellipse in a separate window. The validity of the method is tested using several computer-simulated and natural examples. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

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B.S. Sampath Reddy Vinta, Deepak C. Srivastava*

Department of Earth Sciences, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, India

a r t i c l e i n f o a b s t r a c t

Article history: The Fry method, based on the relative movement of different material points, typically grain centers,

Received 11 July 2011 with reference to each other graphically yields a point distribution that displays the nite strain ellipse as

Received in revised form a central vacancy. The diffused nature of the central vacancy induces subjectivity in strain estimation,

7 April 2012

particularly, if the point population when undeformed lacked an isotropic anticlustered distribution.

Accepted 11 April 2012

Most existing methods use analytical and/or iterative approaches for improving the sharpness of the

Available online 8 May 2012

central vacancy and positioning the best-t strain ellipse in a Fry plot. We provide an image-analysis

method that is independent of any iteration or analytical solution. It is also an efcient technique for

Keywords:

Strain

extraction of the central vacancy without any subjectivity. The method is more direct, simple and easy-

Fry method to-use than most existing techniques.

Central vacancy The image-analysis method uses Gaussian blur lter for distinction between the areas of largest and

Gaussian blur smallest pixel intensities in a Fry plot image. It then applies the optimal threshold value and an inversion

Threshold lter for extraction of the sharp central vacancy. The method also searches for the best-t strain ellipse

Image-analysis through the extracted central vacancy and displays axial ratio and orientation of the ellipse in a separate

window. The validity of the method is tested using several computer-simulated and natural examples.

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the object size and the sorting on result of the Fry method, were

Structural geologists have long used strain analysis for estima- previously addressed by Crespi (1986), Erslev (1988), Dunne et al.

tion of crustal stretching, strain-balancing of cross-sections, kine- (1990) and Waldron and Wallace (2007). Due to these issues and

matic characterization of tectonites and localization of ore deposits. the lack of an initially isotropic anticlustered point distribution in

The selection of a method for strain estimation depends on the many natural examples, the Fry plot displays a diffused elliptical

shape, distribution and abundance of the strain markers. Amongst vacancy. The diffused nature of elliptical vacancy induces subjec-

a large number of available strain estimation techniques, the Rf/f tivity for accurate strain estimation by the Fry method (Erslev,

method (Dunnet, 1969; Lisle, 1985) for shape analysis and the Fry 1988). We provide a simple technique for rapid and direct

method (Fry, 1979) for point distribution analysis have been used extraction of a sharp central vacancy in the Fry plot, even in these

extensively for the last four decades. circumstances.

Based on the relative displacement of material points, typically Previous workers have developed analytical and/or iterative

object centers, the Fry method produces a point distribution, the methods for sharpening the circumference of the elliptical vacancy

Fry plot, with a characteristic central vacancy (Fry, 1979; Hanna in a Fry plot. For example, normalized Fry method reduces blur in

and Fry, 1979). The central vacancy has the shape of a measur- the elliptical boundary by normalizing the center-to-center

able ellipse and strain determination is straightforward, provided distance between two objects with respect to the sum of their

the point distribution was initially isotropic anticlustered and the average radii (Erslev, 1988). The enhanced normalized Fry method,

sample size is sufciently large (Crespi, 1986; De Paor, 1996; Roday an improvement over the normalized Fry method, uses only those

et al., 2010; Lisle, 2010). Several issues, e.g., effect of the non- objects that are in contact with each other and produces a narrow

rim of high density points for best-tting the strain ellipse (Erslev

and Ge, 1990).

The recent analytical methods, such as the point-count density

method, or the continuous function method use a trial and error

* Corresponding author. 91 1332 285558; fax: 91 1332 273560.

approach for searching the best-t ellipse through the central

E-mail addresses: dpkesfes@iitr.ernet.in, dpkesfes@gmail.com (D.C. Srivastava).

0191-8141/$ e see front matter 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2012.04.004

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Point-count density method requires a user-dened K value, the

ratio between the radii of inner and outer trial ellipses. Similarly,

the continuous function method requires a user-dened constant

k. The results from these methods are somewhat dependent upon

the user-dened constants. Lisle (2010) proposed a retro-

deformational method that restores an optimal anticlustered

point distribution, the original fabric, through a large number of

iterations. In a similar approach, Shan and Xiao (2011) used a grid

search that maximizes the mean log likelihood function for strain

estimation from a Fry plot. The only existing image processing

technique, proposed by Ailleres and Champenois (1994), requires

a ve-order morphological closing, a procedure that lls in the

small gaps/holes to identify the central vacancy in an image of

a Fry plot.

In summary, most existing techniques to establish the best-t

ellipse through the central vacancy are time-intensive and/or

Fig. 1. A three-dimensional mesh plot of the Gaussian function, G (x, y).

subjective, at least, to some degree. We propose an efcient alter-

native method that rapidly extracts the sharp central vacancy, ts

an ellipse through it, and provides accurate and reproducible axial

ratio and orientation of the nite strain ellipse. pixels decreases with distance from the central pixel. A table of

weights is calculated using the Gaussian functions given in Eqs.

2. The method (1) and (2). The application of the Gaussian blur to a given Fry

plot merges the points such that the areas having a greater

The potential of low-pass lters, such as Gaussian blur in number of points appear progressively darker than those with

microstructural studies has been introduced by Bons and Jessell lesser number of points. Consequently, the central vacancy with

(1996). Image-analysis and computer graphics softwares routinely minimum number of points becomes approximately white. The

use the Gaussian function for ltering noise and enhancing details application of color inversion lter transforms the central vacancy

in an image. By using the two-dimensional Weierstrass trans- from white to black that is conspicuous, and hence, more useful

formation for image convolution, the Gaussian blur yields a low- for analysis.

pass ltration, reduces the high-frequency components of the

image (Shapiro and Stockman, 2001) and produces a Gaussian 3. Application

surface with concentric contours that center on the maximum

intensity pixel (Fig. 1). The Gaussian blur effect is a product of image The image-analysis method works on any image processing, or

convolution by a kernel of Gaussian values. Gaussian kernel graphics software. We have used an open-source Java-based soft-

requires 6s1 values, where s is the Gaussian blur radius. The ware, ImageJ, in this study. Our method can be applied on an

resultant is a smoothly blurred image which is analogous to image of the original Fry plot, normalized Fry plot or enhanced

viewing the image through a translucent screen. normalized Fry plot. In the examples presented in this study, we

We use the Gaussian blur technique so that a Fry plot containing demonstrate the application of the image-analysis method on the

discrete points transforms into a continuous area image with normalized Fry plot so that our results can be compared with the

a conspicuous central vacancy. We obtain the required Gaussian published results that have commonly used the normalized Fry

blur by successive application of the one-dimensional Gaussian method. The image-analysis method requires two additional

function in x and y directions respectively (Eqs. (1) and (2)). This scripts, one for yielding a normalized Fry plot and the other for

simple approach yields the same Gaussian blur as would be best-tting an ellipse through the central vacancy. The method

produced by a two-dimensional Gaussian function (Eq. (3)). primarily consists of three steps, namely, the generation of the

The equation of a Gaussian function in one-dimension is, normalized Fry plot, the application of Gaussian blur and the

extraction of the central vacancy. These steps are described, in

1 x2

Gx pe2s2 (1) brief, as follows, and step-by-step procedure for application of the

2Ps 2

method is provided in Appendix A:

1 y2

Gy pe2s2 (2)

2Ps 2

3.1. Generation of the normalized Fry plot

In two-dimension, it is the product of two Gaussians, one in each

dimension: The method works on an 8-bit B&W image that displays black

strain markers on a white background. It requires selection of the

1 x2 y2

Gx; y e 2s2 (3) critical threshold value for distinction between the object pixels

2Ps2 and the background pixels in the image. In practice, the correct

where, x and y are the distances from the origin on the hori- selection of a critical threshold value creates an image with sharp

zontal and the vertical axes respectively, and s is the standard object boundaries and individual objects do not touch or overlap

deviation of the Gaussian distribution, i.e., the Gaussian blur each other (Fig. 2a). The method also requires selecting an optimum

radius (Fig. 1). point size that controls size of dots on the normalized Fry plot

The technique blurs an image by successively selecting each (Fig. 2b). Test of the method on a large number of computer-

pixel as the central pixel and adding the weighted grayscales of simulated and natural examples reveal that any point size

surrounding pixels onto this central pixel. The central pixel between 3 and 8 pixels, in general, produces a satisfactory central

receives the highest weight and the weight of the surrounding vacancy.

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Fig. 2. a. The image of undistorted grains in sandstone from Cordilleran basin (after Waldron and Wallace, 2007). b. Normalized Fry plot of the grains in Fig. 2a. The central vacancy

approximates a circle.

3.2. Application of the Gaussian blur lter 4.1. Computer-simulated fabric distorted by known strain values

The Gaussian blur radius equals to the standard deviation of the The computer-simulated fabric consists of 200 elliptical markers

Gaussian function. Convolution of the normalized Fry plot by that are distorted by the known strain ratios 1.3, 1.8 and 2.5

Gaussian lter merges the points in vicinity of the central vacancy respectively (Fig. 6aed, after Waldron and Wallace, 2007). Appli-

into a continuous area (Fig. 3). This step requires selection of an cation of the image-analysis method on these examples yields

optimum Gaussian blur radius that controls the degree of blur in

a normalized Fry plot image. The effect of the Gaussian blur radius

on the results from the image-analysis method is discussed in

Section 5.2.

strain ellipse

between the central vacancy and the background is maximized by

adjusting the Threshold value. The convolution of the image

through a color inversion lter, at this stage, inverts the image

such that a sharp and black central vacancy stands out against

a white background (Fig. 4). The best-t ellipse through the

central vacancy is calculated by the region of interest selection

algorithm (ROI). The ROI algorithm yields an ellipse which has the

same shape, area and orientation as that of the central vacancy

(Fig. 5a, b).

three types of samples: (1) computer-simulated fabric distorted by

known strain values (Fig. 6aed), (2) natural objects distorted by

known strain values (Fig. 7aed) and (3) naturally distorted objects Fig. 3. Blurred image obtained by application of the Gaussian blur on the image of

(Fig. 8a, d & g). normalized Fry plot in Fig. 2b.

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Fig. 4. Central vacancy (black) obtained by application of the Threshold on the blurred image of normalized Fry plot in Fig. 3. The Set Measurements window displays the option

Fit Ellipse.

Fig. 5. An example of results obtained by the image-analysis method. a. The window shows results of image-analysis of Fig. 4 in a tabular form. Dimensions of the central vacancy,

numbered 55 in this example, are highlighted in the Results window. The Log window gives the results of strain analysis. b. The best-t ellipse through the extracted central

vacancy.

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Fig. 6. a. A synthetic example of 200 undistorted elliptical markers. bed. The images obtained by distortion of Fig. 6a by the known strain ratios, Rs 1.3, 1.8 and 2.5 respectively

(after Waldron and Wallace, 2007). eeh. Results obtained by application of the image-analysis method on the images in Fig. 6aed.

results that compare very closely with the known strain values 2007). The application of the image-analysis method on these

(Fig. 6eeh and Table 1). As shown in Table 1, these results are also examples yields results that match closely with the known strain

consistent with those given by the point-count density method and values and also with the results given by the other existing methods

the continuous function method of Waldron and Wallace (2007) (Fig. 7aeh and Table 2).

and the retrodeformational method of Lisle (2010).

4.3. Naturally distorted objects

4.2. Undistorted natural objects distorted by the known strain

values We check the validity of our method on the two natural

examples of distorted oolites, gs. 5.7 and 7.7 in Ramsay and Huber

An image of undistorted grains in sandstone from the Cordil- (1983, p. 79, 112), that have been extensively used for the validation

leran basin is synthetically distorted by known strain ratios, 1.3, 1.8 of various strain estimation methods (Ramsay and Huber, 1983;

and 2.5 respectively (adopted from Fig. 8c in Waldron and Wallace, Erslev, 1988; Erslev and Ge, 1990; McNaught, 1994, 2002). In these

Fig. 7. a. A natural example of undistorted grains in the sandstone from Cordilleran basin. bed. The images obtained by distortion of Fig. 7a by the known strain ratios, Rs 1.3, 1.8

and 2.5 respectively (after Waldron and Wallace, 2007). eeh. Results obtained by application of the image-analysis method on examples in Fig. 7aed.

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Fig. 8. aec and def. Two natural examples of the distorted oolites (Figs. 5.7 and 7.7 in Ramsay and Huber, 1983), their normalized Fry plots and the results from the image-analysis

method. gei. A natural example of distorted grains in the sandstone, its normalized Fry plot and the results obtained from the image-analysis method.

Table 1

Comparison of results from different methods on the synthetic examples that are distorted by known strain ratio and orientation, the Rs and q respectively. Angle q is measured

counter-clockwise from the horizontal reference axis.

method (this study) method (Waldron method (Waldron method (Lisle, 2010)

and Wallace, 2007) and Wallace, 2007)

Rs q Rs q Rs q Rs q Rs q

6b 1.30 132 1.30 132 1.32 107 1.25 127 1.23 134

6c 1.80 123 1.76 123 2.04 116 1.74 122 1.75 123

6d 2.50 167 2.65 168 2.12 164 2.36 167 2.48 170

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Table 2

Comparison of results from different methods on the natural example that is distorted by known strain ratio (Rs) and orientation (q). Angle q is measured counter-clockwise

from the horizontal reference axis.

method (this study) method (Waldron method (Waldron method (Lisle, 2010)

and Wallace, 2007) and Wallace, 2007)

Rs q Rs q Rs q Rs q Rs q

7b 1.30 132 1.36 132 1.32 136 1.36 137 1.52 135

7c 1.80 123 1.83 125 1.85 126 1.81 128 1.98 127

7d 2.50 167 2.26 165 2.95 167 2.75 166 2.45 162

examples too, the image-analysis method yields results that computer-simulated pure shear, each of the four images was dis-

compare closely with those given by the other methods (Fig. 8aef, torted by 30 known strain ratios ranging from 1.2 to 7.0 in

Table 3). Similarly, application of the image-analysis method on successive increments of 0.2. These simulations yielded 120 dis-

another natural example, deformed sandstone from Neo- torted images that are analyzed by the image-analysis method. The

proterozoic Kaza Group (Fig. 9b in Waldron and Wallace, 2007), results of the image-analysis method, observed values, are

also yields results that are consistent with those given by the other compared with the known strain, i.e. expected values (Fig. 9eel).

methods (Fig. 8gei, Table 3). In the four series of tests, the actual error in the strain ratio, i.e.

the difference between observed and expected values, is found to

increase progressively with the strain ratio (Fig. 9eeh). By contrast,

5. Potential sources of error

the actual error in orientation of the strain ellipse tends to decrease

with the strain ratio (Fig. 9iel). The relatively large errors in

Several potential sources of error, such as the sample size, the

orientation, observed at very small strain ratios, are probably due to

object size and sorting, and the non-correspondence between pre-

difculty in identifying major axis in an approximately circular

and post-distortion object centers have already been identied by

central vacancy. Application of the image-analysis method on 120

previous workers (Crespi, 1986; Erslev, 1988; Dunne et al., 1990;

synthetically distorted images implies that the % normalized RMS

Waldron and Wallace, 2007). Most of the earlier studies reveal that

error in estimation of strain ratio is of the order of 7e10% (for

lack of anticlustered distribution of the object centers in undis-

details of % normalized RMS error see Eberhart and Shi, 1997, p.

torted samples is the greatest source of error in the Fry method. We

399e400). We note that these error estimates are, at best, indica-

test the effect of anticlustering on results from the image-analysis

tive, and a more comprehensive statistical treatment is required for

method for a series of synthetically simulated images. We also

error estimation of different methods, including the image-analysis

discuss two issues related to the application of the image-analysis

method.

method: (1) the effect of point size for generating the normalized

Fry plot and, (2) the effect of the Gaussian blur radius on results

from the image-analysis method.

5.2. Effect of point size and the Gaussian blur radius

5.1. Effect of sorting As mentioned earlier, the choice of point size controls the size of

dots on normalized Fry plot, whereas the choice of Gaussian blur

Waldron and Wallace (2007) use the sorting, standard deviation radius controls the degree of blur in a normalized Fry plot image.

in sedimentological f units, as a proxy for the degree of anti- We demonstrate the effect of point size and the Gaussian blur

clustering in distribution of object centers in undistorted samples. radius on the shape and orientation of the central vacancy with the

The parameter f equals 0.0 for an ideally anticlustered point help of a synthetically distorted image (Fig. 7c). The test on this

distribution and increases as the fabric deviates from the ideal example shows that a small variation in the point size, say, between

distribution. For estimation of error in the image-analysis method, 3 and 8 pixels, modestly changes the aspect ratio or orientation of

we used four synthetically simulated images, each having 200 the central vacancy (Fig. 10). By contrast, an unrealistically large or

objects but different degrees of sorting, f equal to 0.3, 0.4, 0.6 and small point size, <3 or >8 pixels, fails to produce any distinct

0.8 respectively (Fig. 9aed, after Waldron and Wallace, 2007). Using central vacancy and/or gives erroneous results.

Table 3

Comparison of the results obtained by application of different methods on three naturally distorted samples. Rs- strain ratio, q- orientation of the major axis of strain ellipse.

Angle q is measured counter-clockwise from the horizontal reference axis.

(Rs, q) (Source)

Fig. 8a (Distorted oolites) 1.48, 43 1.48, 45 Fry method (Erslev and Ge, 1990)

1.57, 48 Enhanced normalized Fry method (Erslev and Ge, 1990)

1.7, 42 Rf/f method (Ramsay and Huber, 1983)

Fig. 8d (Distorted oolites) 1.60, 153 1.7, 150 Fry method (Ramsay and Huber, 1983)

1.67, 158 Fry method (Erslev and Ge, 1990)

1.64, 157 Enhanced normalized Fry method (Erslev and Ge, 1990)

1.66, 155 Retrodeformational method (Lisle, 2010)

1.55, 158 (McNaught, 1994)

1.69, 157 (McNaught, 2002)

Fig. 8g (Distorted sandstone) 1.38, 49 1.33, 46 Point-count density method (Waldron and Wallace, 2007)

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Fig. 9. Error estimates for the image-analysis method. aed. Four images with different degrees of object sorting, f equals to 0.3, 0.4, 0.6 and 0. 8 respectively (after Waldron and

Wallace, 2007). Each image consists of 200 undistorted objects. eeh. Strain ratios (black dots) obtained by application of the image-analysis method on successively distorted

versions of the four images shown in Fig. 9aed respectively. Straight line passing through the origin represents the locus of known strain ratios (expected values) in each plot.

Vertical lines joining black dots and the straight line represent actual errors in different simulations. iel. Orientations (white circles) of the major axes of strain ellipses obtained by

application of the image-analysis method on successively distorted versions of the four images shown in Fig. 9aed respectively. Straight line at 90 orientation represents the

known orientation (expected value) of the major axis of strain ellipse in different simulations.

Testing the effect of the Gaussian blur radius for the results Gaussian blur radius have little effect on the results of the image-

from the image-analysis method, we used the same image (Fig. 7c). analysis method. In the example tested by us, the method yielded

Given that any change in the Gaussian blur radius changes the results within 4% of the expected value for Gaussian blur radii

limit of blur around each point uniformly in all the directions between 2 and 7 pixels. The central vacancy became ambiguous at

(Fig. 11a, b), a uniform increase in the blur around each point too large values of Gaussian blur radius, say, >7 pixels. At very

reduces size of the central vacancy without changing its shape or small radius, say <2 pixels, the method failed to produce an

orientation (Fig. 11c, d). For this reason, small variations in the adequate image blur.

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other existing techniques.

Acknowledgements

of the examples for testing our method, and the Earth System

Science Division, Department of Science and Technology, Govern-

ment of India for funding the project SR-S4-ES-543-2010 (G). We

are grateful to the reviewers Kieran Mulchrone, Mark McNaught

and the Editor William Dunne for their constructive comments and

suggestions.

image-analysis method

Fig. 10. Effect of variation in point size on results of the image-analysis method. The example, we have demonstrated application of the method by

test is performed on a sample, Fig. 7a, that is distorted by the known strain ratio, using a public-domain, Java-based image processing program,

Rs 1.8 (Fig. 7c).

ImageJ software (Abramoff et al., 2004). We give the step-by-step

procedure of the method in the Sections A1eA3 as follows:

Fig. 11. An example showing the effect of variation in the Gaussian blur radius on the results of the image-analysis method. a. A typical point in the normalized Fry plot. b. An

increase in the Gaussian blur radius expands the blur on the original point uniformly in all the directions. c. Relationship between the strain ratio and the Gaussian blur radius. Small

variations in the Gaussian blur radius, 2e7 pixels, do not signicantly affect the strain ratio. d. Effect of variation in Gaussian blur radius on the shape and orientation of the central

vacancy. Approximately concentric ellipses represent the central vacancies obtained at Gaussian blur radius equal to 2 and 7 pixels respectively. Both the ellipses have same axial

ratio and orientation.

The image-analysis method is a simple and easy-to-use tech- (1) Import the 8-bit B&W image of distorted markers into any

nique that yields reproducible results without any subjectivity. It image processing or graphics software, say the ImageJ soft-

rapidly extracts the sharp central vacancy in a Fry plot and best-ts ware. Select the Threshold option from the Adjust

the strain ellipse through the vacancy. As the functions used in the submenu under the Image menu on the toolbar. By dragging

image-analysis method, e.g., Threshold and Gaussian blur, are the mouse, adjust the upper threshold until object bound-

available in any graphics or image processing software, the method aries appear sharpest and these do not touch or overlap each

is software independent. The method does not require any other (Fig. 2a).

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(2) Select the Click to Remove Scale Option from the Set Scale Threshold option of the ImageJ software, the automatic threshold

submenu under the Analyze menu. function determines the optimal threshold value by using the

(3) Select Area, Centroid and Centre of Mass in the Set isodata algorithm (Ridler and Calvard, 1978). Briey, the proce-

Measurements option under the Analyze menu. The Analyze dure classies an image into objects and background on the basis

Particles option displays results in a tabular form. This step of the initial threshold value and computes the averages of the

calculates the area, centre of mass and centroid of each grain in pixels that are and > the threshold value. These two averages

the image, irrespective of the grain shape, elliptical or correspond to the average intensities of the background and the

polygonal. objects respectively. This procedure is repeated for different

(4) Go to Macros submenu under the Plugins menu and click on initial threshold values until the threshold equals to the average

the Run Macros option. Selection of the Script File in the of the intensities at all the pixels in the image. The threshold

Browse dialog displays a box that contains options for speci- value that satises this condition is called as the optimal

cation of the Dot Radius and the Outer Limit Radius. threshold value.

Appropriate input of these parameters displays the normalized

Fry plot (Fig. 2b). In our examples, Figs. 6e8, we have used

a Dot Radius of 3 and an Outer Limit Radius of 350.

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