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Journal of Automated Methods and Management in Chemistry
Volume 2006, Article ID 86989, 6 pages

Quantitative Determination of the Multicomponents With Overlapping Ultraviolet Spectra Using Wavelet-Packed Transform and Partial Least Squares

Department of Chemistry, Inner Mongolia University, Huhehot, Inner Mongolia 010021, China

Received 16 September 2004; Accepted 13 June 2005

Copyright © 2006 Ling Gao and Shouxin Ren. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presented a novel method named wavelet packet transform-based partial least squares method (WPTPLS) for simultaneous spectrophotometric determination of α-naphthylamine, p-nitroaniline, and benzidine. Wavelet packet representations of signals provided a local time-frequency description and separation ability between information and noise. The quality of the noise removal can be improved by using best-basis algorithm and thresholding operation. Partial least squares (PLS) method uses both the response and concentration information to enhance its ability of prediction. In this case, by optimization, wavelet function and decomposition level for WPTPLS method were selected as Db16 and 3, respectively. The relative standard errors of prediction (RSEP) for all components with WPTPLS and PLS were 2.23% and 2.71%, respectively. Experimental results showed WPTPLS method to be successful and better than PLS.