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Use of a nonnegative constrained principal component regression chemical mass balance model to study the contributions of nearly collinear sources.

Authors
  • Shi, Guo-Liang
  • Feng, Yin-Chang
  • Zeng, Fang
  • Li, Xiang
  • Zhang, Yu-Fen
  • Wang, Yu-Qiu
  • Zhu, Tan
Type
Published Article
Journal
Environmental Science & Technology
Publisher
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2009
Volume
43
Issue
23
Pages
8867–8873
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1021/es902785c
PMID: 19943659
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In this study, a nonnegative constrained principal component regression chemical mass balance (NCPCRCMB) model was used to solve the near collinearity problem among source profiles for source apportionment. The NCPCRCMB model added the principle component regression route into the CMB model iteration. The model was tested with the synthetic data sets, which involved contributions from eleven actual sources, with a serious near collinearity problem among them. The actual source profiles were randomly perturbed and then applied to create the synthetic receptor. The resulting synthetic receptor concentrations were also randomly perturbed to simulate measurement errors. The synthetic receptors were separately apportioned by CMB and NCPCRCMB model. The result showed that source contributions estimated by the NCPCRCMB model were much closer to the true values than those estimated by the CMB model. Next, five real ambient data sets from five cities in China were analyzed using the NCPCRCMB model to test the model practicability. Reasonable results were obtained in all cases. It is shown that the NCPCRCMB model has an advantage over the traditional CMB model when dealing with near collinearity problems in source apportionment studies.

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