Transformation Functions for Photographic Response in Spectrography

  • J. M. McCrea
Part of the Developments in Applied Spectroscopy book series (DAIS, volume 4)


Because linear plots of photographic response data simplify quantitative analysis by mass or emission spectrography, new forms for treating photographic data have been studied. The probability deviate function, derived from the cumulative normal probability distribution of statistics, has theoretical merit for descriptions of photographic response and can be used as a reference for comparing other transformations, including the similarly shaped Baker—Sampson—Seidel delta function used in spectrochemical analysis. An extensive table of a modified deviate function has been computed for use in transforming transmittance data before plotting. Data transformation with the table and use of graph paper with logarithmic and probability scales are technically equivalent. The shorter direct-plotting method is satisfactory for representing in linear or nearly linear form the response of ion-sensitive plates to both ions and photons.


Logistic Function Transformation Function Graph Paper Extensive Table Spectrochemical Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. McCrea
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  1. 1.Applied Research LaboratoryUnited States Steel CorporationMonroevilleUSA

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