Finding patterns in data


A number of example analyses or case studies will added to over time to illustrate the utility of PATN for finding structure in complex multivariate data. Each worked example attempts to illustrate some of the common processes involved in pattern analysis. There is no single strategy that will ensure undesetanding of complex data. Analysis should be approach with an open mind (not easy), a willingness to question and pursue ideas and in some cases with some perseverance.

Two case studies are available with the associated data so that you can follow along-

  • Medals (215KB). This example relates to the 'socio-economic' dataset that is included with distributions of PATN and is built into the free trial version of PATN.
  • Marine benthic community data (243KB). This worked example highlights the differences between polluted and 'control sites' in an Antarctic environment. The data is the result of a PhD project by Jonny Stark at the Australian Antarctic Division.