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On-the-Fly Data Assessment for High-Throughput X-ray Diffraction Measurements.


Investment in brighter sources and larger and faster detectors has accelerated the speed of data acquisition at national user facilities. The accelerated data acquisition offers many opportunities for the discovery of new materials, but it also presents a daunting challenge. The rate of data acquisition far exceeds the current speed of data quality assessment, resulting in less than optimal data and data coverage, which in extreme cases forces recollection of data. Herein, we show how this challenge can be addressed through the development of an approach that makes routine data assessment automatic and instantaneous. By extracting and visualizing customized attributes in real time, data quality and coverage, as well as other scientifically relevant information contained in large data sets, is highlighted. Deployment of such an approach not only improves the quality of data but also helps optimize the usage of expensive characterization resources by prioritizing measurements of the highest scientific impact. We anticipate our approach will become a starting point for a sophisticated decision-tree that optimizes data quality and maximizes scientific content in real time through automation. With these efforts to integrate more automation in data collection and analysis, we can truly take advantage of the accelerating speed of data acquisition.

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