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InTool Explorer: An Interactive Exploratory Analysis Tool for Versatile Visualizations of Neuroscientific Data

AuthorsFurcila, Diana; García, Marcos; Toader, Cosmin; Morales, Juan CSIC ORCID; LaTorre, Antonio; Rodriguez, Angel; Pastor, Luis; DeFelipe, Javier; Alonso-Nanclares, Lidia CSIC ORCID
Keywordsdata visualization
dynamic analysis
interactive tool
multiscale
software
Issue Date2019
PublisherFrontiers Media
CitationFrontiers in neuroanatomy 13 (2019)
AbstractThe bottleneck for progress in many research areas within neuroscience has shifted from the data acquisition to the data analysis stages. In the present article, we propose a method named InTool Explorer that we have developed to perform interactive exploratory data analysis, focusing on neuroanatomy as an example of its utility. This tool is freely-available software that has been designed to facilitate the study of complex neuroscience data. InTool Explorer requires no more than an internet connection and a web browser. The main contribution of this tool is to provide a user-designed canvas for data visualization and interaction, to perform specific exploratory tasks according to the user needs. Moreover, InTool Explorer permits visualization of the datasets in a very dynamic and versatile way using a linked-card approach. For this purpose, the tool allows the user to select among different predefined card types. Each card type offers an abstract data representation, a filtering tool or a set of statistical analysis methods. Additionally, InTool Explorer makes it possible linking raw images to the data. These images can be used by InTool Explorer to define new customized filtering cards. Another significant contribution of this tool is that it allows fast visualization of the data, error finding, and re-evaluation to establish new hypotheses or new lines of research. Thus, regarding its practical application in the laboratory, InTool Explorer provides a new opportunity to study and analyze neuroscience data prior to any statistical analysis being carried out.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnana.2019.00028
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/206882
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnana.2019.00028
Identifiersdoi: 10.3389/fnana.2019.00028
issn: 1662-5129
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