Mulliken population analysis (MPA)
A partitioning scheme based on the use of density and overlap matrixes of allocating the electrons of a molecular entity in some fractional manner among its various parts (atoms, bonds, orbitals). As with other schemes of partitioning the @E01986@ in molecules, MPA is arbitrary and strongly dependent on the particular @BT06999@ employed. However, comparison of population analyses for a series of molecules is useful for a quantitative description of intra-molecular interactions, chemical reactivity and structural regularities.
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