Everybody’s Welcome in the Eigenvector Sandbox

Nov 20, 2019

When I was a kid I was lucky to have a great sandbox. The fact that it was on the shores of Lake Chelan made it especially nice, but there were a lot of other things that made it great. First off, it was big enough for several kids to play in at the same time. It was well equipped: There were buckets and shovels and rakes. And Tonka trucks. And later Matchbox cars. There was a handy supply of water (the lake) and plenty of “building materials” besides sand, including clay that we’d get on the beach, driftwood, sandstone bricks (left over from the construction of my parent’s house) and a few random pieces of pipe. Every couple years Dad would get out the orchard tractor and scoop up a fresh load of beach sand and put it in the sandbox. Each birthday produced new toys. 

Of course the neighborhood kids (about half of whom were my cousins) were all welcome. And it didn’t matter if they wanted to build their own castles or roads or use the toy cars and trucks with the ones built by others. Everybody could play however they wanted. 

Eigenvector’s software suite is a lot like that sandbox. There are a lot of tools (toys)! We’ve got everything from PCA to XGBoost. If you’re the builder type then you can use our PLS_Toolbox and MIA_Toolbox with MATLAB® to script and automate analyses and build new tools. Or you can use our existing highly refined point and click interfaces for a wide array of analyses. Have colleagues that don’t have access to MATLAB? That’s OK, they can use our Solo and Solo+MIA stand-alone software and share data and models. And they can all choose what operating system they like, Windows, MacOS or Linux. 

Unlike the sandbox, where it was typically hard to take one of your creations home with you, our Solo_Predictor and Model_Exporter tools allow users to apply their models outside the sandbox in a wide variety of ways.

So everybody, or as we like to say around here, EVRIbody is welcome in the Eigenvector sandbox. And our developers will keep providing new toys and make sure that the sand stays fresh!

BMW