Sensitivity of infrared spectra to chemical functional groups
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Spectral features from specific regions in infrared spectra of organic molecules can consistently be attributed to certain functional groups. Artificial neural networks were employed as a pattern recognition tool to elucidate the relationships between functional groups and spectral features. The ability of these network models to predict the presence and absence of a variety of functional groups was evaluated. The sensitivity of the artificial neural network over the entire infrared spectral region was used to generate a spectral factor representation of the major information associated with each functional group. The resulting sensitivity factors were utilized in a much simpler model for functional group prediction. Ultimately, the presence of a functional group was predicted based on the dot product of an unknown spectrum with the corresponding sensitivity factor. A probability based on Bayes' theorem was assigned to each of the predictions. The prediction accuracies were greater than 90% for all 13 functional groups considered in the investigation. © 2008 American Chemical Society.
Judge, Kevin, Chris W. Brown, and Lutz Hamel. "Sensitivity of infrared spectra to chemical functional groups." Analytical Chemistry 80, 11 (2008): 4186-4192. doi:10.1021/ac8000429.