Posted by: zyxo | May 28, 2008

smell mining : multidimensional smell map

Why not ?
Scientists produce the first smell map.
It is a standard data mining procedure. Take all the characteristics and produce a Self-Organizing Map (Kohonen).
They did it with the 1.600 chemical characteristics of 250 odorants and calculated their place on the map in the meantime finding that only 40 characteristics were enough to determine the correct place.
Conclusion : smells are not independent categories, but there is structure in it.
Perhaps a new idea for “Chanel 5” : “Chanel 5-dm” (data mined) ?

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