VIS/NIR imaging application for honey floral origin determination

Saeid Minaei, Sahameh Shafiee*, Gerrit Polder, Nasrolah Moghadam-Charkari, Saskia van Ruth, Mohsen Barzegar, Javad Zahiri, Martin Alewijn, Piotr M. Kuś

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Nondestructive methods are of utmost importance for honey characterization. This study investigates the potential application of VIS-NIR hyperspectral imaging for detection of honey flower origin using machine learning techniques. Hyperspectral images of 52 honey samples were taken in transmittance mode in the visible/near infrared (VIS-NIR) range (400–1000 nm). Three different machine learning algorithms were implemented to predict honey floral origin using honey spectral images. These methods, included radial basis function (RBF) network, support vector machine (SVM), and random forest (RF). Principal component analysis (PCA) was also exploited for dimensionality reduction. According to the obtained results, the best classifier (RBF) achieved a precision of 94% in a fivefold cross validation experiment using only the first two PCs. Mapping of the classifier results to the test set images showed 90% accuracy for honey images. Three types of honey including buckwheat, rapeseed and heather were classified with 100% accuracy. The proposed approach has great potential for honey floral origin detection. As some other honey properties can also be predicted using image features, in addition to floral origin detection, this method may be applied to predict other honey characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-225
Number of pages8
JournalInfrared Physics & Technology
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


  • Honey floral origin
  • NIR hyperspectral imaging
  • Radial basis function network
  • Random forest
  • Support vector machine

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