Accession Number : ADP003852

Title :   Acceptance of a Meal and Its Components - An Exercise in Missing Data,

Corporate Author : ARMY NATICK RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER MA

Personal Author(s) : Ross,E. W.

Report Date : JUN 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : This paper is a study of the relation between the consumer acceptance of a meal and of the items that make up the meal. The primary purpose is to find a way of predicting overall meal-acceptance scores from the scores for the individual items in the Army field-ration system called the Meal, Ready-to-Eat. Attempts to do a linear regression encounter difficulties because of the large and non-random fraction of missing data. This problem is treated by a procedure that leads eventually to a single formula for the predicted overall meal scores. These predicted meal scores are then analyzed by the same methods used for the item scores. Stability results for meals are found using data from a storage study of the items after 24 months. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Mathematical prediction, *Scoring, *Meals, *Acceptability, Rations, Army personnel, Field army

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE