Rapid Consensus Profiling

Rapid Consensus Profiling


To develop a consensus profile, panellists assess products and compile a list of attributes for describing them. Once all panellists complete this task, they convene as a group to discuss their findings and collectively decide on the attributes to be used for the test. Subsequently, panellists assess the intensity of each agreed-upon attribute, following a process similar to conventional profiling.

Template Description

The template starts with a welcome screen containing instructions for the panellists. Following this is the attribute generation task, utilizing the Dynamic List question type named "freeattributes," which should remain unchanged. In the default settings for this question, you have the flexibility to adjust the minimum and maximum attributes each panellist can generate. More information can be found in the following articles: https://support.eyequestion.nl/portal/en/kb/articles/how-to-include-more-attributes-in-the-free-choice-profiling-flash-profile-template
After the completion of the attribute generation task by each panellist, a wait screen appears. During this interval, the group can review and discuss the generated attributes, guided by the panel leader. The panel leader can access the comprehensive list of attributes generated by the group by selecting the "freeattributes" question type and navigating to Advanced Settings > Overview List.
Within the overview list, the panel leader has the authority to choose the attributes that the group has agreed upon and eliminate those deemed unfit for the final evaluation. Additionally, the panel leader can opt to add more attributes not generated by any panellists.
Once the list is finalized, panelists can proceed by selecting "next" on their screens, and they can select which attributes should be used for the final evaluation based on the group discussion. 

In the design section, the first screen includes instructions; followed by questions where panellists can rate the intensity of the products with the chosen attributes. The Standard Line scale question type has been used for this template. The amount of questions in the design section are based upon the amount the panellist gave or the user has set up in the "Attribute Generation" screen. By default this template has set the maximum to 10 attributes. If the user would like to increase or decrease the maximum, the amount of questions in the design section of the project needs to be adjusted as well. 

In the end screen, the template incorporates a “thank you” message, providing an opportunity for you to personalize a final message for the panellists. 

Within the design settings, you can see that the template is created with a monadic design. This means that the panellists will receive and evaluate each product separately. Within this template, there are five products included. You have the flexibility to adjust this amount in the design generator and edit the product properties by clicking on the Product section. 

Raw Data Representation

The raw data will be displayed with each row corresponding to a product evaluated by a judge (panellist), followed by the attributes that the panellist generated. The column next to the generated attribute will show you the attributes the panellist has chosen to evaluate the products with. Based upon this selection, the columns are filled. For example, when the panelist chose only two attributes, then only two columns will be additional filled. 


Once data has been gathered, you can  access EyeOpenR and navigate to the Flash Profiling/ Free Profiling method. Additional details about this analysis can be found in the following article: https://support.eyequestion.nl/portal/en/kb/articles/flash-profiling-and-free-choice-profiling


  1. Kemp, S., Hort, J., & Hollowood, T. (2018) Descriptive Analysis in Sensory Evaluation. 

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