Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Wine tasting machines

Machine against man in wine tasting competition.

Who is best qualified to judge the price of a wine: a wine expert or a student armed with a wine analyser?
Around fifty students from seven European universities were invited to the competition called the FOSS Challenge. They competed against each other to develop a calibration for a FOSS WineScan Flex analyser so that it could be used to decide the price of wine....

The wine analyser results came close to the expert's judgement, especially when predicting region and quality level for wine at lower prices. But both the panel and the wine analysers had problems when predicting the price of the more expensive wines. The expert's ability to judge the finer points of the wines allowed them to get closer to the actual price.

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