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derivative logs

1. n. [Reservoir Characterization]
Logs that have been calculated from other logs to find the rate at which a log is changing with depth. For example, the derivative caliper (rugosity) calculates the rate at which the caliper is changing from one depth to another. Bad hole conditions that cause the density log to produce incorrect measurements are usually more closely related to the rugosity of the hole than the hole size, so the rugosity curve is the more useful in this regard.