Software used in various contexts in the Clinical Informatics Center includes customary data analytic software (e.g., Decision Tools Suite [including Neural Nets]; SPSS; NCSS; Chameleon).

However, one of the principal emphases in the Center is exploration and identification of effective and efficient ways to process, analyze and communicate clinically relevant data in formats that can help facilitate the process of interdisciplinary clinical team decision making. To this end, we also continue to examine and evaluate the potential utility of various other data-analytic and decision-oriented tools, many developed for application in other fields. Some examples are noted below by way of illustration, some already in widespread use, and others perhaps less familiar to rehabilitation researchers. All are available for download at the sites indicated.


Blossom, developed by individuals and staff associated with the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT), U.S. Geological Survey, in addition to standard routines, offers a number of interesting distance-function based permutation tests procedures that may be particularly helpful with small samples, and data that are not normally distributed.


Protege, developed under the leadership of Mark Musen of the Stanford Medical Informatics program, is an increasingly well-known, sophisticated and continually developing knowledge management tool that can be used to advantage in a variety of contexts.

Genie & Smile

Developed at the Decision Systems Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh, "GeNIe" and "Smile" (Structural Modeling, Inference, and Learning Engine) offer environments emphasizing decision making modeling and graphical decision methods.


Rosetta, developed by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the University of Warsaw, designed to support data mining and knowledge discovery approaches, and represents a tool grounded in "rough set" theory.

Visual Recurrence Analysis (VRA)

Visual Recurrence Analysis (VRA) software, developed and made available by Eugene Kononov, offers several interesting graphical analytic and display options for several types of information, including time-series data. Available for several years, the most recent version became available in May 2007.

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