Submitted to: CRC Press
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: November 27, 2006
Publication Date: July 15, 2008
Citation: Tunick, M.H. 2008. Data analysis techniques. In: Otles, S., editor. Handbook of Food Analysis Instruments. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. p. 1-13. Technical Abstract: Food scientists use standards and calibrations to relate the concentration of a compound of interest to the instrumental response. The techniques used include classical, single point, and inverse calibrations, as well as standard addition and internal standards. Several fundamental criteria -- selectivity, accuracy, precision, detection limit, quantification limit, and range -- must be taken into account in order to produce meaningful data. Other considerations include robustness, speed, and convenience. Reliable and repeatable results are obtained when instrumental analyses are properly performed.