Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1989, 54, 1770-1776

Separation of analytes as a source of information

Karel Eckschlager

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 250 68 Řež


It is shown how the amount of information gained by separation and detection or determination of several components depends on the selectivity of the analytical procedure in question. The selectivity is characterized in terms of the information entropy. Rules useful in the optimization of multicomponent analysis are derived from the results of information field mapping.