Fluorescence data - four PARAFAC component system



The dataset was produced by Dorrit Baunsgaard for fundamental studies on PARAFAC. She has reported her findings in an internal report.


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Jordi Riu, Bro, Jack-knife estimation of standard errors and outlier detection in PARAFAC models. Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, 2003, 65(1), 35-49



27 synthetic samples containing different concentrations of four analytes (hydroquinone, tryptophan, phenylalanine and dopa) were measured in a Perkin-Elmer LS50 B fluorescence spectrometer. Each fluorescence landscape corresponding to each sample consists of 233 emission wavelengths (250-482 nm) and 24 excitation wavelengths (200-315 nm taken each 5 nm). An example of a fluorescence landscape can be seen here:


The fluorescence data is three-way. Ideally, the data is trilinear, the components of the modes corresponding to concentrations (27), emission spectra (233) and excitation spectra (24). Hence a three-way PARAFAC model should be capable of uniquely and meaningfully describing the variation in the data set.

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