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medplot: a web application for dynamic summary and analysis of longitudinal medical data based on R.

Ahlin Č, Stupica D, Strle F, Lusa L - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: The application can be used to summarize, visualize and analyze data by researchers that are not familiar with statistical programs and whose knowledge of statistics is limited.The summary tools produce publication-ready tables and graphs.The analysis tools include features that are seldom available in spreadsheet software, such as correction for multiple testing, repeated measurement analyses and flexible non-linear modeling of the association of the numerical variables with the outcome. medplot is freely available and open source, it has an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), it is accessible via the Internet and can be used within a web browser, without the need for installing and maintaining programs locally on the user's computer.

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Affiliation: PhD Candidate of Statistics Programme, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

ABSTRACT
In biomedical studies the patients are often evaluated numerous times and a large number of variables are recorded at each time-point. Data entry and manipulation of longitudinal data can be performed using spreadsheet programs, which usually include some data plotting and analysis capabilities and are straightforward to use, but are not designed for the analyses of complex longitudinal data. Specialized statistical software offers more flexibility and capabilities, but first time users with biomedical background often find its use difficult. We developed medplot, an interactive web application that simplifies the exploration and analysis of longitudinal data. The application can be used to summarize, visualize and analyze data by researchers that are not familiar with statistical programs and whose knowledge of statistics is limited. The summary tools produce publication-ready tables and graphs. The analysis tools include features that are seldom available in spreadsheet software, such as correction for multiple testing, repeated measurement analyses and flexible non-linear modeling of the association of the numerical variables with the outcome. medplot is freely available and open source, it has an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), it is accessible via the Internet and can be used within a web browser, without the need for installing and maintaining programs locally on the user's computer. This paper describes the application and gives detailed examples describing how to use the application on real data from a clinical study including patients with early Lyme borreliosis.

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Graphical user interface in the web browser.The screen is divided in two parts: the sidebar (left part, used to for inputs) and the main panel (right part, used for outputs). The outputs are accessible through various tabs on top of the main panel part of the screen.
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Mentions: The GUI consists of a sidebar panel for inputs and a main panel for outputs (Fig 1). The sidebar is used to upload the data and select the variables to analyze (possible selections are described in S2 Table); the main panel consists of tabs in which the outputs are displayed. The web application supports reacting to user inputs: whenever the user changes some of the inputs via the web browser, the changes are detected, the analyses are performed again and the updated results are displayed in the browser.


medplot: a web application for dynamic summary and analysis of longitudinal medical data based on R.

Ahlin Č, Stupica D, Strle F, Lusa L - PLoS ONE (2015)

Graphical user interface in the web browser.The screen is divided in two parts: the sidebar (left part, used to for inputs) and the main panel (right part, used for outputs). The outputs are accessible through various tabs on top of the main panel part of the screen.
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pone.0121760.g001: Graphical user interface in the web browser.The screen is divided in two parts: the sidebar (left part, used to for inputs) and the main panel (right part, used for outputs). The outputs are accessible through various tabs on top of the main panel part of the screen.
Mentions: The GUI consists of a sidebar panel for inputs and a main panel for outputs (Fig 1). The sidebar is used to upload the data and select the variables to analyze (possible selections are described in S2 Table); the main panel consists of tabs in which the outputs are displayed. The web application supports reacting to user inputs: whenever the user changes some of the inputs via the web browser, the changes are detected, the analyses are performed again and the updated results are displayed in the browser.

Bottom Line: The application can be used to summarize, visualize and analyze data by researchers that are not familiar with statistical programs and whose knowledge of statistics is limited.The summary tools produce publication-ready tables and graphs.The analysis tools include features that are seldom available in spreadsheet software, such as correction for multiple testing, repeated measurement analyses and flexible non-linear modeling of the association of the numerical variables with the outcome. medplot is freely available and open source, it has an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), it is accessible via the Internet and can be used within a web browser, without the need for installing and maintaining programs locally on the user's computer.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: PhD Candidate of Statistics Programme, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

ABSTRACT
In biomedical studies the patients are often evaluated numerous times and a large number of variables are recorded at each time-point. Data entry and manipulation of longitudinal data can be performed using spreadsheet programs, which usually include some data plotting and analysis capabilities and are straightforward to use, but are not designed for the analyses of complex longitudinal data. Specialized statistical software offers more flexibility and capabilities, but first time users with biomedical background often find its use difficult. We developed medplot, an interactive web application that simplifies the exploration and analysis of longitudinal data. The application can be used to summarize, visualize and analyze data by researchers that are not familiar with statistical programs and whose knowledge of statistics is limited. The summary tools produce publication-ready tables and graphs. The analysis tools include features that are seldom available in spreadsheet software, such as correction for multiple testing, repeated measurement analyses and flexible non-linear modeling of the association of the numerical variables with the outcome. medplot is freely available and open source, it has an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), it is accessible via the Internet and can be used within a web browser, without the need for installing and maintaining programs locally on the user's computer. This paper describes the application and gives detailed examples describing how to use the application on real data from a clinical study including patients with early Lyme borreliosis.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus