Agilent Technologies of Palo Alto, Calif., has received US Patent No. 6,832,163, “Methods of identifying heterogeneous features in an image of an array.” The patent covers methods for identifying heterogeneous features, including heterogeneous background regions, in an image of an array, e.g., in an image of a biopolymeric array, such as a nucleic acid array. The subject methods employ an algorithm that employs a different dispersity measure depending on whether the signal features are weaker or stronger.

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