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Software and Product Demos

Software and product demonstrations will be offered during the Researchers' Reception held in the Louis Lobby from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Quest: High Performance Computing Node Demo

Come see what Quest is made of! High Performance Computing System Administrator Damir Krstic will demonstrate one of Quest's 700 compute nodes during the cocktail hour. With 24 Intel cores and 128GB of RAM, this single node connects to other nodes via super high speed interconnect to create the high performance computing cluster we know as Quest.

Introducing StatTag: A New Reproducible Research Tool for Connecting R, SAS, and Stata to Microsoft Word

Presenters: Leah J. Welty, PhD, Division of Biostatistics, Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Luke V. Rasmussen, MS, Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics, Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Abigail S. Baldridge, MS, Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Eric W. Whitley

Description: This demonstration will introduce StatTag, a free plug-in for conducting reproducible research and creating dynamic documents using Microsoft Word and R, SAS or Stata. StatTag was recently developed to address a critical need in the research community: there were no broadly accessible tools to integrate document preparation in Word with statistical code, results, and data. Popular tools such as knitR and Markdown use plan text editors for document preparation.

Despite the merits of these programs, Microsoft Word is ubiquitous for manuscript preparation in many fields, such as medicine, in which conducting reproducible research is increasingly important. Furthermore, current tools are one-directional: no downstream changes to the rendered RTF/Word documents are reflected in the source code. We developed StatTag to fill this void.

StatTag provides an interface to edit statistical code directly from Word, and allows users to embed statistical output from that code (estimates, tables, figures) within Word. Output can be individually or collectively updated in one-click with a behind-the-scenes call to the statistical program. With StatTag, modification of a dataset or analysis will no longer entail transcribing results in to Word. This demonstration will include worked examples, and will be accessible to many users.

Last Updated: 6 April 2017

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