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WHAT IS NewMDSX?. NewMDSX is…… A library of self-contained computer programs and utilities for multidimensional scaling with: a common simple command language for running; extensive user-documentation both technical and user-oriented; test input and output data to ensure correct running.

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what is newmdsx
WHAT IS NewMDSX?
  • NewMDSX is……
      • A library of self-contained computer programs and utilities for multidimensional scaling with:
        • a common simple command language for running;
        • extensive user-documentation both technical and user-oriented;
        • test input and output data to ensure correct running.

Professor APM Coxon

newmdsx
NewMDSX
  • Why Library and not a Package (e.g. SPSS, SAS etc)?
    • specific algorithms & programs are more robust when fine-tuned to particular data;
    • in this post-modernist age, allows User to pick and choose what s/he wants and minimize cost;
    • allows flexibility:m specific programs can be modified, inserted, deleted.

Professor APM Coxon

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NewMDSX
  • NewMDSX is available in 2 forms: either
      • (1) the original MS-DOS format ( as .exe. Files), documentation etc., organised by program

http://www.newmdsx.com/

  • or (2) NewMDSX for Windows
    • An entirely new development, with clean and simple Windows front-end and interface, extensive graphics, context-based help files.

Professor APM Coxon

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NewMDSX
  • ORIGINAL DEVELOPMENT:
    • by Tony Coxon, Charles Jones and David Muxworthy (all of the University of Edinburgh) under SSRC funding, distributed by U of Edinburgh
    • Consisted of a collection of commonly used programs from
      • Bell Laboratories (Shepard, Kruskal, Wish),
      • University of Michigan (Guttman & Lingoes), University of Nijmegen (Roskam) and
      • some specially written utilities and programs MDSORT (Takane), PRINCOMP, CORRESP & WOMBATS (data measures and input)
    • RunFiles, given simple SPSS-like command language to replace (“6 in col. 18 is non-metric”) akin to SPSS syntax

Professor APM Coxon

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NewMDSX
    • numerical algorithms replaced by more reliable, accurate, up-to-date versions
    • FORTRAN programming brought up to 1977 & later specifications.
    • Original Funding ceased in 1977, and MDS(X) charged and distributed via Program Library Unit (and later Manchester RCC/MIMAS) to Universities &c. until 2000.
  • NewMDSX launched as independent package in 2000

Professor APM Coxon

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NewMDSX

NewMDS(X) Project Team:

Professor A.P.M. Coxon (University of Edinburgh)

Dr A. Brier (University of Southampton)

Professor C.L. Jones (University of Toronto)

Mr D.T. Muxworthy (University of Edinburgh)

Dr W. Otto (University of Zurich, MAC)

Dr S.K. Tagg (Strathclyde University)

Dr W van Schuur (Groningen University)

Mr Roy Omond (Blue Bubble Ltd)

Plus team of International & National SPONSORS

URL: http://www.newmdsx.com

Professor APM Coxon

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NewMDSX
  • 2000: Re-formation of group as NewMDSX :

formed to:

    • re-think structure and purpose of MDSX, and review future developments
    • co-opt interested collaborators, associated projects (e.g. Ron Heady, PERMAP)
    • “mothball” unused programs; include new programs
    • develop Windows implementation
    • modularise and rewrite documentation and contextual help.

Professor APM Coxon

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NewMDSX
  • IMPROVEMENTS VIA NEWMDSX FOR WINDOWS:
    • Clean simple opening page
    • Choose program to run (e.g. MINISSA)
    • DATA INPUT: “Behind” the run is a MDSX RunScript (with free-format, avoiding the dreaded INPUT FORMAT specification!)
    • Most instructions are default; Easy to modify test-input to own needs.

– new development: INPUT WIZARD, which also allows for file input , or collection at screen.

Professor APM Coxon

new beta versions
New (& beta) Versions
  • include PCA, Correspondence Analysis, Hierarchical Clustering etc as well as strictly MDS programs
  • Includes interactive 3D, 2D configurations and drag’n’drop graphics; Andrews Plot (HIDIM), variable-length labelling
  • Contextual Help & Documentation
  • Input data and measure-calculation (TUG ch2) utility (WOMBATS) with flexible control over input/output formats & their interchange
  • Comparison of configurations by Procrustes methods (PINDIS)
  • New scaling programs for Sorting, Triads etc

Professor APM Coxon

new version
New Version
  • Available as 3-month beta-version with free use … with reminders 
  • Includes associated FORUM for FAQs, problems etc
  • Developing Data-bank of classic and useful MDS data-sets
  • Board of international sponsors of those who develop and/or are actively involved in using MDS
  • Cross-links, and increasing compatibility with, associated developments (Fully Interactive PERMAP; Text-analysis HAMLET etc)
  • Allows continued free use of MS-DOS version (AYOR), but Windows version is re-organised as not-for-profit but necessary low-cost (graded) package, with support.

Professor APM Coxon

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