The Observer XT: sophisticated data selection, clear visualization of data, powerful data analysis, versatile, and with many export and import functions.
“The Observer XT helps us to assess our animal's welfare”
Dr. Godelieve Kranendonk | Stichting AAP, Rescue Centre for Exotic Animals / Animal Advocacy and Protection
Clear visualization of data
The analysis of data often begins with visualizing the event log, one or more videos, audio, and physiological data streams. All data streams are displayed alongside and play in perfect sync. Visualization creates a direct reference between video, audio, and other data: a great tool for quality improvement.
- Continuous recording - the track of continuous scored events is visualized as a horizontal bar in which different colors represent different active states.
- Instantaneous sampling - samples are visualized as dots. The colors correspond with the colors of the continuous scored behaviors and can thus be compared easily.
Sophisticated data selection
You can build elaborate filters based on combinations of independent variables, behaviors, physiological data, and time criteria, such as behaviors being a ctive, or select subjects by independent variable. The independent variables are for labeling and filtering: for example treatment, subject ID, observer, and any other important circumstances. All data in the project is available for analysis at all times.
- Extract only the relevant bits for each research question.
- Filter out the relevant data with the powerful and intuitive graphical data selection tool.
- Select events based on their duration.
- Analyze large groups of observations at once, saving a tremendous amount of time.
- Copy data profiles. For example, easily copy-paste the same selection boxes for male subjects as you had already designed for female subjects.
Powerful data analysis
The Observer XT offers descriptive statistics of the scored behavior. Amongst the possible output are tables of frequencies, durations and other statistics, interaction matrices, and transition matrices. Synchrony and learning curves are also analyzed. Moreover, with The Observer XT you can perform lag sequential analysis to analyze the order of events.
You can also perform latency analysis. Response latency is the time between the onset of a stimulus and the initiation of the response. This latency analysis in The Observer XT enables you to investigate the relation between stimulus and response in depth.
Report and present results
The Observer XT allows you to create pie charts, scatter plots (with trendlines), or other visual representations of your results. You can easily use these illustrations for presentation purposes. Save the graph and present it in your PowerPoint presentation or research article. You can also take a snapshot of your event plot, with just a push of a button, and use this in your report or presentation.
Reliability analysis: inter-rater and intra-rater
In collaborative projects it is vital to avoid observer bias. An important tool to detec t this, is reliability analysis: observations by different coders (inter-rater) are compared record by record and the software reports Cohen’s Kappa, Kappa max, significance, confidence interval, and prevalence index, along with a listing of agreements and disagreements. Reliability analysis is also used for intra-rater reliability, as a basic quality check.
Reliability analysis output includes a confusion matrix, in which you can easily spot the disagreements between to observers (or observations of the same scene). You can compare an unlimited number of pairs, and each pair is presented separately so that results are clear and quickly available.
You can compare observations with four different methods: Event frequency/sequence, event duration/sequence, event frequency, and event duration.
The comparison list is linked to the video, clicking in event allows you to see the point in the video it refers to.
The Observer XT is an open system, allowing you to import event data from many different systems and to export data in XML format for use in other systems. The analytical powers of The Observer XT can easily be used on data from Data Acquisition Systems.
UltraVox XT analyzes sound, including ultrasonic vocalizations made by rodents. These calls are visualized in waveforms and spectrograms, from which you can select calls visually of by selecting frequency, amplitude, duration, and time gaps. Export your calls with labels to The Observer XT to combine this data with other behavioral events.
You can easily select which data to export. Data from The Observer XT can be used in other packages for further analysis. Export the event data together with external data such as heart rate data. You can split up the results in intervals and the layout of results is completely customizable to the requirements of receiving software packages such as:
- Theme ™
- Microsoft Excel
The export to Excel functionality has been optimized, allowing you to export directly from the observation and analysis. By merging header rows, Excel format files can be imported directly into SPSS. This saves valuable time, eliminating the need to adjust the data.
A Software Development Kit (SDK) is available for developers who want to build their own modules or interfaces with other systems.