The multiple linear regression approach typically used in near-infrared calibration yields equations in which any amount of reflectance at the analytical wavelengths leads to a corresponding composition value. As a result, when the sample contains a component not present in the training set, erroneous composition values can arise without any indication of error. The Quantile BEAST (<u>B</u>ootstrap <u>E</u>rror-<u>A</u>djusted <u>S</u>ingle-sample <u>T</u>echnique) is described here as a method of detecting one or more "false" samples. The BEAST constructs a multidimensional form in space using the reflectance values of each training-set sample at a number of wavelengths. New samples are then projected into this space, and a confidence test is executed to determine whether the new sample is part of the training-set form. The method is more robust than other procedures because it relies on few assumptions about the structure of the data; therefore, deviations from assumptions do not affect the results of the confidence test.
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