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Cation exchange capacity (CEC) is one of the important indices in soil fertility. Direct measurement of CEC is time consuming and expensive, especially in aridisols containing high amounts of carbonates and gypsum. Alternatively, CEC could be indirectly predicted through pedotransfer functions (PTF). The objective of this study was to predict CEC using class and continuous PTFs.A data set (n = 977) was classified according to the soil textural class and was used to derive the PTFs. Another independent set (n = 173) was used to test the reliability of the PTFs. The root mean of square error (RMSE), mean error (ME) and index of agreement (d) were applied to evaluate the PTFs. Within every textural class, we furthermore evaluated the relative improvement (RI) of the continuous PTFs over the corresponding class PTF. The continuous PTFs were more accurate than class PTFs for finer textural classes while the former showed higher reliability in coarser textural classes. With an increase in relative particle size, prediction bias of class PTFs decreased RMSE was 8.55 and 3.88 in clay and sandy loam textural classes, respectively. Consequently, according to the results obtained in this study, for the prediction of soil CEC, continuous PTFs are suggested to be used for silty loam and finer textural classes while for loam and coarser classes application of class PTFs is preferred.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Ggeneral
Received: 2012/01/23 | Accepted: 2013/04/22 | Published: 2014/06/16

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