[EpiData-list] Status of EpiData Analysis development

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Fri Jul 8 03:27:29 CDT 2005


Since release of first public test build of analysis in october last year
good progress has been made.  In judging progress it is important to
recognize the nature of the EpiData Association, the size of economic
contributions for development  and the pricing principle - freeware.

The latest build is available from http://www.epidata.dk/testing.php

The list of what is fixed and remaing by build number is seen at:
http://www.epidata.dk/analysisinfo/docs/versioninfo.htm

The bug reporting database is shown at:
http://asp.epidata.dk/support/default.asp

The routine tests now include more than 350 conditions looking at as well
overall, stratified and segmented conditions and comparing to external
standard estimates.  The aim of the complete test suite is to certify all
available commands for a chosen number of representative datasets.

The definite condition to meet before release is that the quality system
certifies as well stability as correctness of estimation.

But also that the implemented principles are logical in structure and
documented such that decisions and requirements are clear to the end user.
 An example of this is the latest preparation of a detailed description of
the principles of the output implementation of html and style sheets.  
The number of combinations of font selection, sizes and character sets is
very large requiring control at the level of the end-user.  This is
available now, but for persons with very little or no knowledge in HTML
and stylesheet principles the control of output can be a mystery.

The status list includes :

a. The main design principle of user interface, output formulation, number
of commands, principle of missing data is final and most of it working.

b.Finalisation of a simple way for users to define interface with local
fonts etc.  as part of the installation is almost finished.

c. A coherent strategy for handling missing values across commands is
being implemented.

d. Some issues of  table estimation exist. E.g. with correct turning of
outcome and exposure. Some "Floating point and "Pointer" error messages
occurs with some combinations of data

e. Some aspects of graphing are giving problems. (Also relates to point b)

Re c: e.g. if the user requests frequency tables for say 5 variables:
1. freq a b c d e
2. freq a b c d e  /nomissing
the first will show all data for all records, whereas the second will
demand complete data for all five variables.  This principle should be the
same across all commands.  And the implementation is needed as part of the
testing of handling the data correctly.

Kind regards
-- 
Jens Lauritsen
Coordinator and initiator of EpiData Project
http://www.epidata.dk




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