Domain-invariant partial-least-squares regression

R. Nikzad-Langerodi, W. Zellinger, E. Lughofer, S. Saminger-Platz. Domain-invariant partial-least-squares regression. Analytical Chemistry, volume 90, number 11, pages 6693-6701, DOI doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.8b00498, 5, 2018.

  • Ramin Nikzad-Langerodi
  • Werner Zellinger
  • Edwin Lughofer
  • Susanne Saminger-Platz
JournalAnalytical Chemistry

Multivariate calibration models often fail to extrapolate beyond the calibration samples because of changes associated with the instrumental response, environmental condition, or sample matrix. Most of the current methods used to adapt a source calibration model to a target domain exclusively apply to calibration transfer between similar analytical devices, while generic methods for calibration-model adaptation are largely missing. To fill this gap, we here introduce domain-invariant partial-least-squares (di-PLS) regression, which extends ordinary PLS by a domain regularizer in order to align the source and target distributions in the latent-variable space. We show that a domain-invariant weight vector can be derived in closed form, which allows the integration of (partially) labeled data from the source and target domains as well as entirely unlabeled data from the latter.

We test our approach on a simulated data set where the aim is to desensitize a source calibration model to an unknown interfering agent in the target domain (i.e., unsupervised model adaptation). In addition, we demonstrate unsupervised, semisupervised, and supervised model adaptation by di-PLS on two real-world near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopic data sets.