Parameter Estimation and Inverse Problems Homepage

Second Edition available January 2012

Richard Aster
Geophysics Program
Department of Earth and Environmental Science

Brian Borchers
Mathematics Department

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, New Mexico

Cliff Thurber
Department of Geoscience
University of Wisconsin-Madison

We are very pleased to note the publication of the second editon of our textbook, Parameter Estimation and Inverse Problems, by Elsevier Academic Press (ISBN:978-0-12-385048-5; Elsevier book site).

The authors express sincere thanks to the instructors, reviewers, and students who were so helpful in facilitating its completion.

This web site is a continually updated resource site for the user community, and we invite readers to contact us with any questions, errata, ancillary exercises, etc.

Errata for Parameter Estimation and Inverse Problems, 2nd Edition

The latest version of the MATLAB CD materials, incorporating post-first-printing changes, can be found here (

A beta version of the first edition book code rewritten in R by Jonathan Lees can be found at

The Elsevier companion site:

The Elsevier instructor website::

For Instructors:

An accompanying Parameter Estimation and Inverse Problems Instructor's Guide for the Second Edition will shortly be available to instructors from the Elsevier book site. The Guide contains overviews of all of the chapters and suggestions for instructors, as well as solutions to all problems in the book with MATLAB code where indicated.

--Rick Aster, Brian Borchers, and Cliff Thurber

Recent Representative Courses, Instructors, and Institutions Using Parameter Estimation and Inverse Problems:

Inverse Theory, New Mexico Tech

Inverse Theory, New Mexico State University

Inverse Theory, University of Wyoming

Geophysical Inverse Theory, Stanford University

Inverse Problems and Global Optimization, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Geophysical Inverse Theory, Saint Louis University

Inverse Problems and Imaging, University of Manchester

Inverse Problems, Institute of Applied Mathematics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Geophysical Data Analysis: Inverse Theory, Rice University

Geophysical Inverse Theory, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Geophysical Inverse Theory, University of Washington

Geophysical Inverse Theory, University of Colorado

Inverse Theory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Inverse Theory, University of Memphis

Inverse Theory, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Geophysical Inverse Theory, Purdue University

Inverse Methods in Geophysics, Indiana University

Inverse Methods in the Natural Sciences. Cornell University

Email the authors

Rick Aster

Brian Borchers

Cliff Thurber

First Edition errata and code(thanks to our many readers and instructors for alerting us to many of these).

Errata for Parameter Estimation and Inverse Problems, First Edition.

An updated version of the First Edition CD materials can be found here (

Reviews and other External Links

Wisconsin Week - - 2/23/05

Review in the September, 2005 issue of The Leading Edge by John Brittan.

Review in the March, 2006 issue of The Leading Edge by Sven Treitel.

Review in 2006 in Mathematical Association of America by Paul Phillips.

Review in 2007 in Computers & Geosciences by Geoff Bohling.



This class and textbook makes extensive use of MATLAB by The Mathworks. We additionally recommend thee MATLAB Regularization Tools, by Per Christian Hansen for inverse methods students and researchers.

Last updated: February 10, 2012