Using functional data analysis to summarise and interpret lactate curves

Comput Biol Med. 2006 Mar;36(3):262-75. doi: 10.1016/j.compbiomed.2004.11.006.


John Tukey used the term exploratory data analysis (EDA) to describe a philosophy for analyzing data where graphical and numerical summaries are used to uncover interesting structures. The applied statistician today has a much more sophisticated set of methods to use when applying the EDA philosophy. One such collection of methods is functional data analysis (FDA), which was used to explore the structure of lactate curves. A principal components analysis and plots of the second derivatives provide new intuitive endurance markers which correlates highly with other numerical summaries of lactate curves that have been suggested in the literature.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lactic Acid / blood*
  • Male
  • Models, Biological*
  • Physical Endurance
  • Principal Component Analysis*
  • Soccer


  • Lactic Acid