CurveExpert Basic 2.1.0 documentation

What is CurveExpert Basic?ΒΆ

CurveExpert Basic is a solution for curve fitting and data analysis for Windows. Data can be modelled using a toolbox of linear regression models and nonlinear regression models, and visualized with the built-in publication quality graphics engine.

Over 60 models are built-in, but custom regression models may also be defined by the user. Publication-quality graphing capability allows thorough examination and presentation of the curve fit. The process of finding the best fit can be automated by letting CurveExpert Basic compare your data to each model to choose the best curve. The software is designed with the purpose of generating high quality results and output while saving your time in the process.

CurveExpert Basic is a subset of the functionality contained in CurveExpert Professional and is intended for more casual/infrequent users. The major features of the software are enumerated below:

  • Easy-to-use User Interface: most mathematically-intensive applications are very difficult to use. CurveExpert Basic has a very intuitive interface, which allows you to import your data, generate results, and create publication-quality plots with very minimal effort. In fact, to import a file takes only four clicks, and generating a battery of results with associated graphs takes two more.
  • Robust file import: data files come in many shapes and sizes, and CurveExpert Basic makes importing your data files very easy. The smart file reader avoids non-data areas of your file dynamically, and attempts to find labels for each column of data in your file.
  • Publication quality graphs: The rendering of the plots is of publication quality, with full antialiasing support and the ability to customize each graph. Graphs can be saved to a variety of graphics file formats, and they may be directly copied and pasted into another application. Graphs are interactive, with zooming, panning, and autoscaling.
  • Built-in models: over 60 built-in nonlinear models, with high-quality automatic initial guesses, are available for use. The provided models cover all of the major families.
  • Custom models: you can also define models yourself, using a very large library of built-in mathematical functions, and parameters in your models can take any name that you like.
  • Ranking of results: results are automatically ranked by your choice of score, correlation coefficient, standard error, or coefficient of determination.
  • Validated: validated against the Statistical Reference Datasets Project of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. These datasets can be downloaded directly at http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/strd/general/dataarchive.html, but are also included verbatim in the CurveExpert Basic distribution for you to use yourself.
  • Quality spreadsheet: the built-in spreadsheet allows you to manually enter data and/or modify it with a suite of data transformation tools. Data entry and cutting and pasting capabilities are as easy as Excel.
  • Localization: Importing data or interoperating in European-style environments (which use a comma as a decimal) is extremely easy; regional settings are automatically obeyed, or can be selectively enabled in order to match your particular workflow.
  • Logging: a log of actions is kept across sessions of the software, in case you need to recreate a particular result. A messages pane keeps you informed of the status of every computed result.
  • Documentation: Extensive documentation in HTML and PDF format, available both directly from the software and online at http://docs.curveexpert.net/curveexpert/basic.