Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy quantitative analysis method via adaptive analytical line selection and relevance vector machine regression model

Jianhong Yang*, Cancan Yi, Jinwu Xu, Xianghong Ma

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Abstract A new LIBS quantitative analysis method based on analytical line adaptive selection and Relevance Vector Machine (RVM) regression model is proposed. First, a scheme of adaptively selecting analytical line is put forward in order to overcome the drawback of high dependency on a priori knowledge. The candidate analytical lines are automatically selected based on the built-in characteristics of spectral lines, such as spectral intensity, wavelength and width at half height. The analytical lines which will be used as input variables of regression model are determined adaptively according to the samples for both training and testing. Second, an LIBS quantitative analysis method based on RVM is presented. The intensities of analytical lines and the elemental concentrations of certified standard samples are used to train the RVM regression model. The predicted elemental concentration analysis results will be given with a form of confidence interval of probabilistic distribution, which is helpful for evaluating the uncertainness contained in the measured spectra. Chromium concentration analysis experiments of 23 certified standard high-alloy steel samples have been carried out. The multiple correlation coefficient of the prediction was up to 98.85%, and the average relative error of the prediction was 4.01%. The experiment results showed that the proposed LIBS quantitative analysis method achieved better prediction accuracy and better modeling robustness compared with the methods based on partial least squares regression, artificial neural network and standard support vector machine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-55
Number of pages11
JournalSpectrochimica acta part B: atomic spectroscopy
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding: National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 50905013 and 51211130114), the Royal Society International Exchange Grant of United Kingdom (No. IE111065), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China (No. FRF-TP-09-014A), and the Beijing Higher Education Young Elite Teacher Project of China (No. YETP0364).


  • analytical line adaptive selection
  • laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy
  • quantitative analysis
  • relevance vector machine regression model


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