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A new approach in TDS data analysis: A case study on sweetened coffee

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Kjetil Aune


Food Quality and Preference ; Volume 30. p. 33–46. 2013

Dinnella, Caterina; Masi, Camilla; Næs, Tormod; Monteleone, Erminio

The statistical methods that are generally used to analyze sensory data are difficult to apply to TDS data. To overcome this difficulty, it has been proposed that ANOVA models could be applied if subjects’ responses were summarized as frequency values in a given number of time periods instead of considering all the acquisition time points. In this study, a methodology for validating and analyzing TDS data transformed into frequency values is tested in a study of the temporal evolution of sensations in coffee with three different sweeteners added. Criteria for selecting the most appropriate time periods in the TDS curve for frequency value computation are discussed. ANOVA models on frequency values are proposed to estimate differences in attribute dominance among products, and to test the effect of collecting intensity ratings, along with TDS evaluations, on the frequency with which attributes were selected as dominant.

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