NFOK14020U  Exploratory Data Analysis / Chemometrics

Volume 2014/2015
MSc Programme in Food Science and Technology
MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Biology-Biotechnology

In industry and research huge amounts of physical, chemical, sensory and other quality measurements are produced on all sorts of materials, processes and products. Exploratory data analysis / chemometrics offers a tool for extracting the optimal information from these data sets through the use of modern software and computer technology.
The course will give a step-by-step theoretical introduction to exploratory data analysis / chemometrics supported by practical examples from food science, agro technology, medicine, pharmaceutical science etc.
Methods for exploratory analysis (Principal Component Analysis), multivariate calibration (Partial Least Squares) and basic data preprocessing are considered. Understanding and interpretation of the computed models is central. As is methods for outlier detection and model validation. Computer exercises and the project will be performed applying user-friendly software. A thorough introduction to the software will be given.

Learning Outcome

The course introduces basic chemometric methods (PCA and PLS) and their use on different kinds of multivariate data of relevance for research and development. Furthermore, the exploratory element in research and development is illustrated.

After completing the course the student should be able to:
Describe chemometric methods for multivariate data analysis (exploration and regression)
Describe techniques for data pre-preprocessing
Describe techniques for outlier detection
Describe method validation principles
Describe methods for variable selection

Apply theory on real life data analytical cases
Apply commercial software for data analysis
Report in writing a full data analysis of a given problem including all aspects presented under Knowledge.
Interpret multivariate models (both exploratory and regression)

Discuss and respond to univariate versus multivariate data analytical methodology in problem solving in society

Textbook: Compendium

Notes, papers and other course material.

Competences as obtained in LMAB10066U "Matematik og databehandling" are recommended
Lectures, guest lectures, cases, workshops and computer exercises will introduce the chemometric theory and the practical aspects of multivariate data analysis. In the project real data analytical problems are solved from a methodological perspective and the results are reported in written form. The project will mainly be based on data sets from research section Spectroscopy and Chemometrics, Department of Food Science.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 15 min under invigilation
Individual oral examination without preparation time in the project report and the course curriculum. The oral examination weights 100%.
Exam registration requirements
Handing in written report
Only certain aids allowed

You're allowed to bring your written report to the exam

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
More than one internal examiner
Criteria for exam assesment

Fullfilment of learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Guidance
  • 7
  • Lectures
  • 24
  • Theory exercises
  • 45
  • Project work
  • 70
  • Preparation
  • 59
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Total
  • 206