With TrackLab, you can quantify animal activity and movement behavior. Gain insights into social behavior, place-preference, eating and drinking behavior, and many more parameters. TrackLab also includes various analysis options for individual animals and experimental groups.
The TrackLab software is based on a ‘white box’ concept, meaning that processes are transparent, and all data, such as sample coordinates (time, x, y, and z), subject statistics, and group statistics can be exported for custom processing with your preferred mathematical or statistical tool.
Recorded data can be played back along with parameter data. Simply select the time interval that you want to review, and play it back at normal or high speed to trace behavioral events that help explain the statistical results.
Areas of interest
You can pan and zoom across the map and draw custom regions of interest. This way, you can get the frequencies and durations of subject visits for each of the defined areas, and get indicators for feeding and drinking behavior by calculating the time spent at the drinking trough or feed bunk. In addition, you can learn for example about bedding preferences by comparing place-preference on different floor concepts.
Social behavior is seen as an important indicator for welfare, but it can also be used to analyze hierarchy and pair relations within a group. TrackLab offers the proximity when a selected individual is in contact to any other animal (frequencies and duration).
Results per individual or experimental group
You can zoom into the behavior analysis of individual animals and export results for inferential analysis, or you can explore the mean results for experimental groups. Add subject characteristics information, or information that defines the groups, such as a particular dosage of nutrients or the animal breed. When you add the information in the Variables module, TrackLab will automatically calculate group statistics in the Group Results module.
Results per time interval
You can inspect and export measurement results for the complete selected time interval, but you can also choose to view results per clock-based interval such as per minute, per hour, per day, or even larger intervals. This allows you to analyze behavior trends that evolve over time.
Users are now, next to raw data backup, also able to create a backup of their recorded TrackLab data.
Extended subject track visualization
It is now possible to prolong the tail length per hour, day, week, and month for a longer subject movement visualization. This is especially useful for location data which is recorded at a lower sample rate. For example, in wildlife tracking.
In previous version, the analysis results updated automatically when the start/end date and time from the toolbar were adjusted. Now the analysis results are only updated after selecting the Calculate button. This improves navigating through the selected analysis results.
Minimal distance moved filter
The minimal distance moved filter reduces small motions due to system noise and not the actual movements of subjects. It simply removes all smaller movements from a specified set threshold. The filter lowers the spatial resolution of the measurements. The signal that passes the filter is considered to be closer to reality.
In the software you are now able to rename the tag ID's to any preferred name per recorded session.
It is now possible to see all analysis results per group. By combining variable levels you can now easily compare different groups you have created.
The software allows you to create session and subject variables per recorded session so you are able to create different groups for analysis purposes.
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