User-friendly Software

BioSS creates user-friendly software, to enable the algorithms developed in our research to be easily deployed and applied by non-technical users. Here we describe a selection of pieces of software written during the reporting period.

Number Muncher Diets

Number Muncher Diets screenshotNumber Muncher Diets is a computer program developed by Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) and the Rowett Institute from their research funded principally by the Scottish Government. The program uses mathematical methodology to create a ‘weekly shopping list’, offering a selection of food items that satisfies a combination of criteria based on data input in the form of published nutritional guidelines, costs, environmental impact, and personal food preferences.
Number Muncher Diets

StagePop - modelling stage-structured populations in R

StagPop outputStagePop enables ecologists to model the dynamics of populations that are stage-structured (those in which individuals transition between distinct stages, e.g. eggs, juveniles, adults for most insects). Although initially developed to model the impact climate change may have on populations whose development rates are temperature dependent, such as potato cyst nematodes, its capability is much more general, including modelling interacting species in complex food webs.




Over-Years Uniformity

The DUST environment for evaluating data from Distinctness, Uniformity and STability crop trial results has been enhanced with an improved method for analysing plant uniformity over a period of years. An implementation of this method, written in R, is currently being assessed by the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) as a replacement for existing, less flexible methods and, if successful, will be used internationally.

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User Friendly Software

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