Technical Report: Proper Task Instructions and the Two-out-of-Five Test

Difference tests continue to play a prominent role as businesses investigate the sensory effects of ingredient or process changes. Even so, the importance of correct instructions in these tests is not always appreciated- incorrect instructions can reduce the ability of a test to detect real differences. The effect of instructions on the outcome of sensory difference testing was recognized when the difference between the 3-AFC and Triangle test was explained and when the relative power of difference testing methods was explored. This topic has resurfaced as other difference testing methods, such as the Two-out-of-Five test, have become more commonly used. In this report, we explain how incorrect instructions can sabotage a method, and we provide guidance for the optimal set of test instructions for the Two-out-of-Five test.

This technical report appears as:
Ennis, J. M., Rousseau, B., and Ennis, D. M.  (2012). Proper Task Instructions and the Two-out-of-Five Test. IFPress, 15(4) 4-5.

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This technical report also appears in our book, Tools and Applications of Sensory and Consumer Science.