Covariance mapping in the analysis of ignitable liquids by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry
Abbreviated Journal Title
AUTOMOTIVE GASOLINE SAMPLES; FLIGHT MASS-SPECTROMETRY; FIRE DEBRIS; PATTERN-RECOGNITION; FORENSIC ANALYSIS; SIMULATION; Chemistry, Analytical
The covariance matrix computed from the retention time-ion abundance data matrix from gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry analysis of ignitable liquids is shown to be a useful tool for automated identification of ignitable liquids in a database. The absolute value of the element-by-element difference between two normalized covariance matrices is shown to quantitatively differentiate between ignitable liquids composed of complex mixtures of hydrocarbons and is amenable to automated searching of ignitable liquid databases. The covariance mapping method is applied to a matrix-contaminated postburn sample, allowing the determination of a high degree of similarity between the ignitable liquid and a heavily evaporated gasoline.
"Covariance mapping in the analysis of ignitable liquids by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry" (2006). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 6587.