Partial Order in Environmental Chemistry

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Author(s): Rainer Bruggemann*, Lars Carlsen.

Journal Name: Current Computer-Aided Drug Design

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Abstract:

Background: The theory of partial order is a branch of Discrete Mathematics and is often seen as pretty esoteric. However, depending on a suitable definition of an order relation, partial order theory has some statistical flavor. Here we introduce the application of partial order for environmental chemistry.

Objective: We showed that partial order is an instrument, which at the same time has both a data exploration - and evaluation potency.

Method: The partial order theory was applied in this study. It depends on four indicators which describe the environmental hazards of chemicals.

Results: Nineteen organic chemicals were found within a monitoring study in the German river Main and were taken as an exemplary case. The results indicated that chemicals can have a high risk on the environment, however, the type of risk is different and should not conceptually merged into a single quantity.

Conclusions: Partial order theory is of help to define different regulations and environmental management plans.

Keywords: partial order, decision making, environmental chemicals, descriptors of chemicals behavior, indicators, process-oriented mathematical models, antichain matrix, graph-theoretical structure

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DOI: 10.2174/1573409915666190416160350
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