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Development of a Computational Application to Aid with Chemometric and Forensic Analysis of Fire Debris Samples

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The purpose of this research was to develop a novel software application to aid fire debris analysts in the identification and classification of ignitable liquid residues that are found in fire debris samples.


The developed application uses target factor analysis (TFA) and Pearson correlation for compound identification in gas chromatograms using mass spectral comparison and allows for visual comparison of unknown fire debris samples chromatograms to ignitable liquid references from the National Center for Forensic Science (NCFS) Ignitable Liquid Reference Collection (ILRC). Frequencies of occurrences were calculated for each of 295 compounds from the NCFS compound library through compound identification of ignitable liquid, substrate, and fire debris samples using the novel computer application. The log-likelihood ratios of compounds determined to be within an optimal subset of best chromosomes. (Published abstract provided)

Date Published: January 1, 2020