Synopses & Reviews
The fundamentals of the discipline, now complete with the latest experimental research and techniques
Factor analysis is a mathematical tool for examining a wide range of data sets, with applications especially important to the design of experiments (DOE), spectroscopy, chromatography, and chemometrics. Whereas the first two editions concentrated on standardizing the fundamentals of this emerging discipline, the Third Edition of Factor Analysis in Chemistry, the "bible" of factor analysis, proves a comprehensive handbook at a level that is consistent with the research and design of experiments today.
With the exception of updates, the introductory chapters remain unchanged. Chapter 6 has been edited to focus on evolutionary methods, including window factor analysis, transmutation, and DECRA. Selections on partial least squares and multimode analysis have been expanded and consolidated into two new chapters, 7 and 8. Some of the latest advances in a wide variety of fields, such as chromatography, NMR, biomedicine, environmental science, food, and fuels, are described in the applications chapters (chapters 9 through 12).
Other features of the text include:
* Provides history of the discipline as well as theory, philosophy, and applications
* Written for all readership levels: introductory, intermediate, and advanced
* Explains complicated concepts in simple language without sacrificing mathematical rigor
* Presents concepts and programs in a style that allows the user to develop programs in any computer language
* Demonstrates the utility of various factor analytical techniques for solving practical problems in chemistry and related sciences
* Showcases a unique presentation of partial least squares
Factor Analysis in Chemistry, Third Edition remains the premier reference in its field.
Review
"...covers new methods...contains expanded material...and describes the latest advances..." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2002)
Synopsis
A complete revision to the theory, practice and applications of factor analysis in chemistry--a mathematical technique for studying matrices of data. Methods of factor analysis that are quicker, more cost effective and easier as a result of new computer applications are included. Topics added include A and R model analysis, singular value decomposition, NIPALS decomposition and iterative key set factor analysis. New methods for rank determination, statistical methods for target testing, errors in factor loadings and weighted factor analysis are also treated in this edition. Special methods of factor analysis such as classical factor analysis, common factors, communality, partial least squares, and modeling and self modeling methods of evolutionary factor analysis are also included.
About the Author
EDMUND R. MALINOWSKI, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Preface.
Preface to the Second Edition.
Preface to the First Edition.
Historical Perspective of the Author.
Prologue.
Introduction.
Main Steps.
Mathematical Formulation of Target Factor Analysis.
Effects of Experimental Error on Target Factor Analysis.
Numerical Examples of Target Factor Analysis.
Evolutionary Methods.
Multimode Factor Analysis.
Partial Least-Squares Regression.
Component Analysis.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.
Chromatography.
Additional Applications.
Appendix A: Pseudoinverse.
Appendix B: Toolbox for Chemical Factor Analysis.
Appendix C: MATLAB Programs.
Bibliography.
Author Index.
Subject Index.