Abstract : (Signal-shape processing in analytical chemistry.) When signal evolution (e.g., spectra) has to be detected or measured, shape processing can be useful. The distribution function method enables all the information in the signal shape to be utilized, by working with normalized integrals. The concept of shape also helps in estimating resolution parameters of overlapped peaks. The principles are outlined and some applications in chromatography and Mössbauer spectrography are summarized.