I am a programmer but my data analyses/statics skills are non-existent. I am a quick learner though and no problem I have set to solve has yet to become unattainable (let's hope this is not the first one ;) ). Therefore I was hoping that someone could give me some help as to where start looking.
I have a graph with x,y (chromatography - relative level or time) readings that look similar to the following:
For each peak it will be manually assigned a molecule depending on its retention time (x). By matching the peaks from the new graph with previous ones we would by consequence find also the assigned molecule. What would be the best approach in order to apply that assigned detection to a new reading by comparing it with previous readings, having in consideration that the peak levels can vary, a peak can also happen to not exist in a reading, there might be some noise in the readings (much smaller that are not peaks), and the x can slightly shift?