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A singular value decomposition (SVD) program on MATLAB platform was effectively used to handle gravity signals for the Tongshi gold field. Firstly, the gravity signals were decomposed into different eigenimages with the help of singular value decomposition method (SVD). Secondly, the thresholds between the eigenvalues reflecting different layers of ore-controlling factors were established by multi-fractal method. Finally images reflecting different layers of ore-controlling factors were rebuilt. This yielded two layers of two-dimensional singular value images that depict regional and local ore-controlling factors, respectively. <dl> <dt>1. The regional ore-controlling factor is a saddle valley with the gravity anomaly values varying from −55 to 51 μm s<sup>−2</sup> on the NW trending swell with the gravity anomaly values varying from −55 to 567 μm s<sup>−2</sup> on the SW side of the Mesozoic volcanic sedimentary basin with the gravity anomaly values varying from −56 to −974 μm s<sup>−2</sup>. The saddle valley might be tectonically an extensional area where the Tongshi complex pluton and all gold deposits are located and thus this area is favorable for gold deposits.</dt> <br><br> <dt>2. The local ore-controlling factor is the Tongshi complex pluton with a negative circular gravity anomaly varying from −339 to −11 μm s<sup>−2</sup> and the ring contact metasomatic mineralization zone around the Tongshi complex with the positive gravity anomaly varying from 37 to 345 μm s<sup>−2</sup>. The skarn and porphyry types of gold deposits are located within the complex pluton and the Carlin and cryptobreccia types of gold deposits are located within the contact metasomatic mineralization zone. Thus both of them are potential areas for gold deposits.</dt> <br><br> <dt>3. The Tongshi gold field exhibits a typical complexity with multi-layers of ore-controlling factors.</dt>