Application of gradient boosting regression model for the evaluation of feature selection techniques in improving reservoir characterisation predictions

Daniel Asante Otchere*, Tarek Omar Arbi Ganat*, Jude Oghenerurie Ojero, Bennet Nii Tackie-Otoo, Mohamed Yassir Taki

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Feature Selection, a critical data preprocessing step in machine learning, is an effective way in removing irrelevant variables, thus reducing the dimensionality of input features. Removing uninformative or, even worse, misinformative input columns helps train a machine learning model on a more generalised data with better performances on new and unseen data. In this paper, eight feature selection techniques paired with the gradient boosting regressor model were evaluated based on the statistical comparison of their prediction errors and computational efficiency in characterising a shallow marine reservoir. Analysis of the results shows that the best technique in selecting relevant logs for permeability, porosity and water saturation prediction was the Random Forest, SelectKBest and Lasso regularisation methods, respectively. These techniques did not only reduce the features of the high dimensional dataset but also achieved low prediction errors based on MAE and RMSE and improved computational efficiency. This indicates that the Random Forest, SelectKBest, and Lasso regularisation can identify the best input features for permeability, porosity and water saturation predictions, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109244
JournalJournal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Decision tree algorithm
  • Dimensionality reduction techniques
  • Ensemble machine learning
  • Feature selection techniques
  • Reservoir characterisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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