Intelligent evaluation of color sensory quality of black tea by visible-near infrared spectroscopy technology: A comparison of spectra and color data information
Qin Ouyang, Yan Liu, Quansheng Chen*, Zhengzhu Zhang*, Jiewen Zhao, Zhiming Guo, Hang Gu
Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 180 (2017) 91-96
Instrumental test of black tea samples instead of human panel test is attracting massive attention recently. This study focused on an investigation of the feasibility for estimation of the color sensory quality of black tea samples using the VIS-NIR spectroscopy technique, comparing the performances ofmodels based on the spectra and color information. In model calibration, the variableswere first selected by genetic algorithm(GA); then the nonlinear back propagation-artificial neural network (BPANN) models were established based on the optimal variables. In comparison with the other models, GA-BPANN models from spectra data information showed the best performance, with the correlation coefficient of 0.8935, and the root mean square error of 0.392 in the prediction set. In addition, models based on the spectra information provided better performance than that based on the color parameters. Therefore, the VIS-NIR spectroscopy technique is a promising tool for rapid and accurate evaluation of the sensory quality of black tea samples.