4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 15, 2018 12:51 PM by tom_barrett

    Trying to Understand Library Match Factors, MH B.08


      I'm hoping someone can help me understand the library match factors from Quant MH B.08.  The attached pdf shows 3 examples.  In the first example, the match factor or match score of 89 makes sense to me.  Most of the masses are present and there are no extra masses in the unknown spectrum (top).  The middle overlay shows a match of 41.5.  This doesn't look right to me as only 1 of 4-6 major masses is present, but it is one of the library masses. The last example really has me wondering what is going on.  I agree the unknown spectrum is only one mass but the match of 30 is strange.  None of the library masses are present.  I'm open to ideas.  Thank you.

        • Re: Trying to Understand Library Match Factors, MH B.08

          Hi Trifecta,


          On the surface the last example is in enigma but I think that I may know the answer.  My theory is that the sample spectra actually has some very, very small ions that we don't see due to scaling issues.  One or more of the ions align with the library spectrum and we get a non zero LMS.  I don't have the data to test this but if you will expand the y-axis you can check for this.



            • Re: Trying to Understand Library Match Factors, MH B.08

              Hello Tom,

              Thank you for your suggestion.  I did zoom the y-axis and found one mass peak, 57, at an abundance of 0.8.  Picture attached.  This compares to the base peak mass 74 in the unknown of 1000 abundance.  I could not find a way to directly access NIST MSSearch from MH Quant.  Therefore I created a spectrum manually in NIST MSSearch, with these 2 mass-abundance pairs.  I also created a NIST library of one entry, the compound of interest, using the NIST spectrum.  I searched the unknown spectrum against this single spectrum library.  The forward match factor was 0 (zero) and the reverse match factor was 70.  This seemed a bit generous to me, but 57 is the base peak and if it's the only mass considered, well OK. 

              Can Agilent provide a document that shows the equation for the Agilent Library Search Match Factor ?

              Also, can Agilent provide a document that describes whether reverse of forward search is used, and if both are used what are the weighting factors ?

              Thanks for your help.