Monday, September 19, 2011

Rescaling Length Attribute

After a year of reviewing chocolate, we realize that our original scaling of the length of time chocolate flavor remains after the chocolate has completely melted from your mouth has a poor distribution. Nearly 70% of the chocolates we have reviewed were rated as having short length.

Our original scale for length was as follows:
  • minimal: 0 to 5 seconds
  • short: 5 to 30 seconds
  • medium: 30 to 60 seconds
  • long: 60 or more seconds

That scale made it difficult to distinguish chocolates whose flavor lasts 25 seconds after the chocolate is gone from those whose flavor lasts only 10 seconds.

To make the length in the table summary more useful, we've adjusted the scale as follows:
  • minimal: 0 to 5 seconds
  • short: 5 to 20 seconds
  • medium: 20 to 40 seconds
  • long: 40 or more seconds

I am in the midst of revising all of our previous reviews, and anticipate finishing in the next day or two.

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