HUMANN-based system to identify benzimidazole fungicides using multi-synchronous fluorescence spectra: An ensemble approach

Suárez Araujo, Carmen Paz; Báez, Patricio García; Rodríguez, Álvaro Sánchez; Rodríguez, José Juan Santana
June 2009
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Jun2009, Vol. 394 Issue 4, p1059
Academic Journal
In this paper, we approach, using neural computation and ensemble systems, a pattern classification problem in fluorescence spectrometry, the resolution of difficult multi-fungicide mixtures (overlapping), specifically the benzimidazole fungicides, benomyl, carbendazim, thiabendazole and fuberidazole. These fungicides are compounds of an important environmental interest. Because of this, from an analytical point of view, it is interesting to develop sensitive, selective and simple methods for their determination. Fluorescence spectrometry has proven to be a sensitive and selective technique for determination of many compounds of environmental interest, but in some cases it is not enough. HUMANN is a hierarchical, unsupervised, modular, adaptive neural net with high biological plausibility, which has shown to be suitable for identification of these fungicides and organochlorinated compounds of environmental interest. We propose two modular artificial intelligent systems, with a structure of pre-processing and processing stage, a multi-input HUMANN-based system, using multi-fluorescence spectra as input to the system, and a HUMANN-ensemble system. We analyze the optimal configuration of inputs and the ensemble in order to obtain better results. We study such figures as precision and sensitivity of the method. Our proposal is a smart, flexible and effective complementary method, which allows reducing the analytical and/or computational complexity of the analysis. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]


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