Baseline correction and artifact removal are important pre-processing steps in analytical chemistry. We propose a correction algorithm using a mixture model in combination with penalized regression. The model is an extension of a method recently introduced for baseline estimation in the case of one-dimensional data. The data are modeled as a smooth surface using tensor product P-splines. The weights of the P-splines regression model are computed from a mixture model where a datapoint is either allocated to the noise around the baseline, or to the artifact component. The method is broadly applicable for anisotropic smoothing of two-way data such as two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and two-dimensional chromatography data. We focus here on the application of the approach in femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy, to eliminate strong artifact signals from the solvent.

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Analytica Chimica Acta
Department of Biostatistics

de Rooi, J., Devos, O., Sliwa, M., Ruckebusch, C., & Eilers, P. (2013). Mixture models for two-dimensional baseline correction, applied to artifact elimination in time-resolved spectroscopy. Analytica Chimica Acta, 771, 7–13. doi:10.1016/j.aca.2013.02.007