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Compusense Cloud Capabilities

Compusense Cloud is a secure web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for consumer and sensory data collection and analysis.

With one product you can recruit and manage your panel, create user-friendly, customized questionnaires, collect data and run analyses on your sensory and consumer tests globally.

From a computer, smartphone, or tablet device, panelists can complete a questionnaire from anywhere with an Internet connection. As a mobile-optimized platform, the user experience is easy and enjoyable no matter the device. Analysts can analyze the collected data, gaining the necessary insight in making smarter business decisions.

Sensory Lab

Build your sensory lab with Compusense Cloud. Whether it’s an existing or new panel, our user-friendly interface will put your panelists at ease so they can concentrate on testing. Working with descriptive panels? Decrease training time with our exclusive Feedback Calibration Method, Compusense FCM®.

Central Location Testing (CLT)

Set up tests and then collect the data at a different location. If you are testing in a different time zone, use our time zone feature to ensure the tests are available at the correct time. Need to work with a supplier to conduct testing on your behalf? Eliminate data inconsistencies and labour costs by having your supplier collect data in Compusense Cloud using a test you create for them to run for you.

Home-Use Testing (HUT) & Point of consumption/use

Panelists can complete product tests in the privacy of their own home, giving you greater reach in your results. Send reminder emails directly from the software, and monitor when each panelist assessed a product using timestamps. You have complete control over when samples are available to be completed to ensure correct product usage.

Consumer Surveys

Have your consumers complete questionnaires from anywhere in the world, even from their mobile device. Engage consumers by including images and videos in your questionnaires, and use our smiley face scales for children. This is a great tool, especially for in-store or concept testing. Multimedia is hosted and streamed directly from our servers, ensuring confidential content is always secure.

Balanced Experimental Designs

Experimental designs define the way that test samples are presented and distributed to panelists. Designs should be balanced across sessions and repetitions to help ensure the highest quality data. Compusense Cloud has more than 300 ready-to-use presentation designs, and the ability to create custom designs. Dynamic designs that adapt to the addition of samples also allow users to add samples to a running test without jeopardizing the quality of the data.

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Testing Capabilities

Quantitative Descriptive Tests

• Feedback for panel training can be provided to panelists using the Feedback Calibration Method®, exclusive to Compusense software.

• Supports a wide range of descriptive methods.

Consumer Tests 

• Includes Category questions (Intensity, Liking, Just-About-Right, Likert, Intent, Satisfaction, etc.), Check-All-That-Apply (CATA), Choose N, Choose 1 (Yes/No, Agree/Disagree), open-ended comment questions, many others.

• Choice and attribute randomization is available, as is the ability to assign a design to choices.

Discrimination/Difference Tests

•  Includes: 2-out-of-5, A-not A, Paired (2-AFC and 3-AFC), Degree of Difference (DOD), Difference from Control (DFC), Duo-Trio, R-index, Same/Different, Tetrad, Torgerson’s, and Triangle question types.

Ranking

• Rank All, or Rank N question types.

• Can rank choices, concepts, images or product.

Temporal Methods

• Single and Dual attribute Time intensity

• TDS (Temporal Dominance of Sensations)

• TOS (Temporal Order of Sensations) 

• Progressive Profiling with Line scales

• Temporal Check-All-That-Apply (TCATA)

• Multi-Attribute Time Intensity (MATI)

Other Methods

• Projective Mapping / Napping with the option to customize the map background image.

• Binning and Sorting questions

• Flash Profiling

• Free Sort

GLOBAL CAPABILITIES

Global Collaboration

  • Ideal for global clients with multiple locations and analysts.
  • Share methods and data between Analysts by using a common platform.
  • Build a test in California, revise it in London and present it to panelists in India!
  • Create templates to harmonize processes and ensure consistency.
  • Work can be shared or kept separate across sites.
  • Test in multiple languages.
  • Allow panelists to select their native language for testing.

World-Class Security

  • Software as a Service application hosted by a CSAE 3416 Type II hosting facility.
  • SOC 2 reporting audit conducted by Auditwerx.

Question Types Available

2-out-of-five

  • Panelists are presented with five samples (two of one sample, and three of another) and are asked to sort the samples into two groups based on similarity. 

A-Not A

  • After panelists are familiarized with the test product (A), they are presented with blind-coded samples and are asked to determine if the presented sample is “A”, or “Not A”.

Bin all

  • Panelists are presented with a group of samples or concepts and are asked to organize them all into bins. 

 Bin n

  • Panelists are presented with a group of samples or concepts and are asked to organize some of them into bins. The n, or number of samples that must be binned, is set by the analyst.

 Category Intensity

  • Panelists are presented with a scale of boxes, and are asked to select a category on the scale that represents their perceived intensity of the attribute for each sample.

Category Likert

  • Panelists are presented with a scale of boxes and are asked to select the degree in which they agree with the statement, ranging from, for example, “Strongly Disagree” to Strongly Agree”. The wording and number of boxes are customizable.

Category Liking

  • Panelists are presented with a hedonic scale of boxes and are asked to select a category on the scale that represents their liking of an attribute for each sample.

 Category JAR (Just About Right)

  • Uses a bipolar scale with intensity anchors on the endpoints (e.g., "much too weak", "much too strong") and a mid-point anchor of "just about right". This scale can be used to measure both the intensity and liking of product attributes such as colour appearance, aroma, texture, taste, etc. 

Category Purchase Intent

  • Panelists are presented with a scale of boxes and are asked to select a category box that represents their intent to purchase the sample product or product concept.

Category Wheel

  • Panelists are presented with an attribute wheel. They are asked to select an attribute and select a category on the scale that represents their perceived intensity of the attribute.

 Check-All-That-Apply / Choose All That Apply (CATA)

  • Panelists are presented with a group of choices or concepts and are asked to select all choices that apply.

 Choose n

 
  • Panelists are presented with a group of choices or concepts and are asked to choose a set number of choices. The n is set by the analyst.

 Choose only 1

  • Panelists are presented with a group of choices or concepts and are asked to select only one choice.

 Comment

  • Comment questions are used to gather panelist comments, observations or demographic information, just as their name. 

Constant Sum 

  • Panelists are presented with a group of choices and asked to assign number values, that when added together, will not exceed a pre-set limit.

Duo-Trio

  • Panelists are presented three samples. One sample is a reference, one sample is different from the reference, and the other is same as the reference. The panelist is asked to identify the sample that is the same as (or different from) the reference.

Flash Profiling

  • Panelists will type their own attributes to describe a set of samples and then be prompted to rank the samples for each attribute they created.

 Line Scale

  • Panelists are presented with a horizontal or vertical line and are asked to select a point on the line that represents their perceived intensity of the sample attribute.
  • Panelists can evaluate multiple samples on the same line scale. 

Line Scale Wheel

  • Panelists are presented with an attribute wheel. They are asked to select an attribute and select a point on the horizontal line that represents their perceived intensity of the attribute.

LMS (Labeled Magnitude Scale)

  • Panelists click a point on a vertical line scale that represents their perceived intensity of a sample attribute within the context of the strongest sensation they can imagine. The scale is labeled with the anchored with the label "No sensation" to "Strongest imaginable" at the top. 

Numeric

  • The panelist is asked to enter their responses as a number, using their keyboard. The numbers can be formatted for Date, Date and Time, Currency, Percentage, Number or General. 

Paired Directional (2-AFC)

  • Two samples are presented to the panelist and are asked to indicate which sample has the greater intensity of a particular characteristic. For e.g., "Which sample is sweeter?".

Paired Preference (2-AFC)

  • Panelists are given two samples and are asked to determine which sample they prefer.

Paired Directional (3-AFC)

  • Panelists are presented with three samples and are asked to determine the different sample based on a specified attribute.

Photo Upload

  • Panelists are asked to upload an image from their local computer or compatible device.
  • Before uploading, panelists can review, replace if necessary, rotate, or even draw on the image (if the option is enabled by the analyst).
  • Gather deeper consumer insights from panelists' perspectives.

Projective Mapping

  • Panelists are asked to organize samples, presented as labels and/or images, in a two-dimensional space according to perceived similarities and differences. Panelists may also be asked to tag samples, for example, to associate a series of samples with a common attribute or descriptor.

Rank all

  • Panelists are presented with a group or samples or concepts and are asked to rank all of the choices in order of perceived intensity or preference. 

Rank n

  • Panelists are presented with a group of samples or concepts and are asked to rank a select number of the choices in order of perceived intensity or preference. For example, their top three. The n is set by the analyst.

Same/Different

  • Panelists are presented with two samples and are asked to determine if they are the same or different.

Temporal Dominance of Sensation (TDS)

  • Panelists start a timer and then click the sensation choices that are most dominant during the sampling time. They can click as many choices as they perceive. The analyst can customize the sampling time.

Time Intensity (TI)

  • A technique used to measure the rate, duration and intensity of sensory attributes as a function of time. This technique is especially useful for measuring sensory qualities that display dynamic changes in intensity over short periods of time. 

Temporal Order of Sensations (TOS)

  • Panelists start a timer and are asked to click the sensations they perceive first, second and third during the sampling. The default for the maximum number of choices allowed is 3, but can be changed in the question options. 

Temporal Check-All-That-Apply

  • Temporal CATA, just like traditional CATA questions, allows panelists to choose all choices that they perceive. Although, with TCATA, panelists are instructed to choose all that apply temporally in real-time, as they are perceived. 

Temporal Category

  • Panelists are asked to rate the intensity or dominance of each attribute using a category scale of boxes.

  • Questions can be set so all attributes are assessed at once, or one at a time and can also be used to collect data for TDS with magnitudes and MATI (Multi-attribute Time Intensity) data. 

Tetrad

  • Panelists are presented with a total of four samples, two of one product and two of another. The panelists are asked to group the samples in what they perceive to be the two pairs. 

Torgerson’s

  • Panelists are presented with three samples- one reference, and two samples. The panelists are asked to choose the sample that is the most similar to the reference. 

Triangle

  • Panelists are given three samples; two are the same and one is different. Panelists are asked to choose the different sample. 

Panelist Management

Recruitment

  • Recruit panelists on your website via an application form that is completely customized to your website and branding needs.
  • Customize all fields, dropdown menus, and question options.
  • Receive form results directly to your panelist database in Compusense Cloud.

Scheduling

  • Based on responses to a screener questionnaire, panelists can be automatically qualified for a product test, where they can self-schedule for an available test time slot.
  • Quotas can be used to only schedule the desired respondents (e.g. 50% male and 50% female respondents).
  • Panelists can automatically reschedule themselves for available testing slots.
  • Engage employee panelists by scheduling them for tests quickly and easily.

Communication

  • Analysts can communicate directly with panelists via integrated email and messaging functions.
  • Individual panelists or groups of panelists can be contacted through the application.
  • Need to remind panelists about an upcoming panel? Quickly and easily communicate with your entire panel using customized text, called Wild Cards, and our simple mail merge function.

Tracking

  • Analysts can reward panelists for participating in panels through an automated points system.
  • Monitor your secure consumer database by reviewing graphs of the panel demographics and participation.
  • Panelists who don’t complete tests can be tracked and prevented from participating in other tests.
  • Report on correct and incorrect responses for Triangle, Duo-Trio, DOD / DFC over time.
  • Report on in-range responses for line scale and category questions, useful for Descriptive Analysis and Quality testing.

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

Product Library

  • Easily import product lists into the product library for quick access, tracking and organization.
  • Use Product Groups to better organize products by category.
  • Update and maintain product information all in one place.
  • Create custom fields to best suit your product’s specific qualities.

Products Over Time

  • Quickly look for trends by graphing all your results for a product and even set a target or pass/fail criteria.
  • Available for Category, Choose, Line Scale, LMS, or Numeric (non-calendar type) questions with results.

Product History Report

  • View all tests a product has ever been included in.
  • Export the results from all tests a product had been included in.

REPORTING

Standard Report

  • The Standard report is based on question type and your analyst defaults.
    • Defaults can customize to suit your reporting needs.
  • Report on the data from your test including
    • Scale Parameters
    • A crosstabulation table with counts
    • Percentage cross tabulation table
    • Counts, Means, Medians, p-values and Standard Deviations
    • t-test, ANOVA, Freidman’s, etc. as appropriate
    • d’ Analysis
    • Chi-squared Analysis (Same/Different)
    • Similarity Analysis for Triangle, Tetrad, and Duo-Trio
  • Binomial Distribution available for Triangle, Duo-Trio, Tetrad and Paired (2-AFC) tests

Top Box Report

  • Summarizes data for the top and bottom boxes in Category questions.
  • Provides a crosstabulation table for each category/box from a selected attribute.
  • An option for TURF Analysis
  • The Top Box table(s) include:
    • Frequencies for the top and bottom boxes for each sample
    • Multiple Comparison Test significance letters indicating if a significant difference was found
  • A mean table for each category attribute displaying Multiple Comparison Test significance letters.
  • Run Marasculio’s Procedure.

Panelist Summary Report

  • Can be used with select Category, Line Scale or Numeric attributes.
  • Lists panelist scores for each attribute or sample.
  • Includes panelist comments that correspond to the 'results at end of test' functionality.
  • Also provides sample Means, Standard Deviation and the total number of completed evaluations.

Panelist Completion Time Report

  • Review the time it takes for panelists to complete each sample.
  • Provides individual panelist time stamps and means.

General Summary Report

  • This report lists sample means for each attribute and identifies any significant difference.
  • Customizable to include a variety of additional information fields.

Penalty Analysis Report

  • Used with tests that include at least one Category Liking scale and one Category Just-About-Right scale.
  • The flexibility to set your own thresholds.
  • Report includes:
    • Mean Drop charts and tables
    • Net Penalty graphs and tables

Export to PowerPoint Presentation

  • Exports a complete PowerPoint presentation (.pptx file) following the completion of a test.
  • Includes graphical results for selected questions.
  • Graphs are completely customizable and editable upon export. 

ANALYSIS

Statistical Tests Available

  • ANOVA (Analysis of Variance)
    • 2-way
    • 2-way repeated measures  (only with sessions)
    • 2-way with interactions (only with sessions)
    • 2-way mixed model with samples fixed and panelists random
    • 1-way
    • 1-way repeated measures
  • Binomial Distribution for Triangle, Duo-Trio, Tetrad and Paired tests
  • Chi-squared Analysis (Same/Different)
  • Cochran's Q
  • Co-occurrence Matrix (Free Sort)
  • d’ Analysis
  • Dissimilarity Matrix (Binning and Free Sort)
  • Duncan’s Multiple Range at 90, 95 or 99% significance
  • Dunnett’s at 90, 95 or 99% significance
  • Fisher’s LSD at 80, 90, 95 or 99% significance
  • Friedman test
  • Goodman analysis for Rank data
  • Marasculio’s Procedure (Run with the Top Box Report)
  • Penalty Analysis
  • Studentized Newman-Keuls at 90, 95 or 99% significance
  • t-test – paired and unpaired
  • Tukey’s HSD at 85, 90, 95 or 99% significance
  • TURF Analysis
  • Willcoxon signed-rank test

Graphing

  • Box Plots
  • Crosstabulations and mean scores
  • Principal Component Analysis (PCA) Graphing
  • Panelist Performance plots
  • Set graphing defaults to the graph style of your choice.

Using Filtering

  • Use the filtering tool to only analyze the data you want. Filter by demographic or screener information or by quota group.

Comments

  • Group panelist comments based on key words for sorting.
  • Generate a visual text network of keywords to gain insights and patterns.
  • Identify counts and graphs based on key words.
  • Save word groups to apply to different questions and tests.
  • Build a vocabulary that’s easy to reference.

PANELIST PERFORMANCE

Hits and Misses Report

  • Used with Compusense FCM®, Feedback Calibration Methodology, to train descriptive panels, or with targets and ranges for samples.
  • Shows which panelists were able to hit the acceptable target or range values on a line or category scale, with frequency counts, as well as those who did not hit within the range.
  • An excellent tool for gauging panelists throughout the training process.

Panelist Performance Reports

  • Provides the counts over time of correct evaluations, or evaluations that scored within the specified range for question types such Triangle, Duo-Trio or tests with targets and ranges.

Panelist Feedback 

  • For Discrimination questions, you have the option to provide panelists with feedback on whether they were able to correctly discriminated between the samples.
  • Two display options: Immediately following the Question and End of Cycle.
  • The end of the Cycle option causes any related follow-up Comment or Choose questions to be seen before feedback is provided

Show Panelists Results at End

  • For Qualitative Descriptive tests, you have the option to allow trained panelists to see their results at the end of a section in either tabular or graphical form and on a line scale.
  • Allows a panelist to review their responses and the mean of all collected results immediately after data collection is completed.
  • Panelists can emphasize values using the optional highlight function.  You can allow your panelists to highlight based on multiples of the Mean, Range and/or Standard Deviations.
  • Choose which questions you’d like to display to panelists at the end.
  • A great tool for use during descriptive panel training.

 Descriptive Analysis Workbook
(Excel Workbook - xlsx file)

  • Provides a detailed analysis on panelist and product performance in a test.
  • Available in quantitative descriptive (QD) tests with sessions (reps) with two or more samples and 6 or more attributes.
  • Depending on the selection, can contain up to 24 sheets, including:
    • Product Summary
    • Product Means Radar Graph
    • Attribute Summary
    • Attribute Breakdown
    • Product Mean Graphs
    • PCA (transposed means)
    • Biplot (transposed means)
    • PCA (means)
    • Biplot (means)
    • Panel Performance Summary
    • Crossover Scores
    • Scale Mean Usage
    • Panelist SD Table
    • Scale Range Usage
    • Attribute Performance Summary
    • Correlation Table
    • pvsMSE (Attribute)
    • pvsMSE (Panelist)
    • Panelist Consistency
    • Panelist Mean Scores
    • Panelist Mean Graphs
    • Panelist Performance Counts
    • Panelist Rank Orders
    • Rank Orders Graphs
    • Panelist Results by Sample
    • Panelist vs Panel Correlation Table
    • Panelist Cards

Time Intensity Workbook
(Excel Workbook - xlsx file)  

  • Average Graphs
    • Helps you to understand/characterize attribute changes in the product over time.
  • Panelist Time Intensity Curves
    • Helps you to understand your panelists' performance by plotting the panelist's curve on the same graph as the overall panel average curve.
  • TI-R (Time Intensity Reliability)
    • Provides an analysis of how reliable panelists' Time Intensity measurements are across multiple sessions.
  • Parameters List
    • Provides the parameters for each individual panelist as well as the parameters for the average curve across all panelists.

Temporal Choice Analysis Workbook
(Excel Workbook - xlsx file) 


  • The Temporal Choice Analysis Workbook provides data, analyses and graphs on Temporal Dominance of Sensation (TDS) and Temporal Check-All-That-Apply (TCATA) question types.
  • TDS and TCATA Curves
    • Displays one graph per sample which includes the average curves for each attribute across all panelists.
    • The graphs will also display the chance and significance levels.
  • TDS and TCATA Difference Curves
    • Plots curves where there is a significant difference between a pair of samples based on the Fisher's Exact test. 
  • Time Standardization Options

Last updated: Sept, 2018

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