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An advanced multivariate statistical approach to study coastal sediment data


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The present paper deals with the application of classical and fuzzy principal components analysis to a large data set from coastal sediment analysis. Altogether 126 sampling sites from the Atlantic Coast of the USA are considered and at each site 16 chemical parameters are measured. It is found that four latent factors are responsible for the data structure (“natural”, “anthropogenic”, “bioorganic”, and “organic anthropogenic”). Additionally, estimating the scatter plots for factor scores revealed the similarity between the sampling sites. Geographical and urban factors are found to contribute to the sediment chemical composition. It is shown that the use of fuzzy PCA helps for better data interpretation especially in case of outliers.










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  • Institute of Solid State Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Tzarigradsko Chaussee Blvd. 72, 1784, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Jarani Janos 11, RO-3400, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • General Department, Technological Educational Institution (TEI), St. Lucas, 65403, Kavala, Greece
  • Chair of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Sofia “St. Kl. Okhridski”, 1164, Sofia, J. Bourchier Blvd. 1, Bulgaria
  • Chair of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Sofia “St. Kl. Okhridski”, 1164, Sofia, J. Bourchier Blvd. 1, Bulgaria


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