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Morphological Analysis with R – Dr. Markus Voge speaker at user!2017-Conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 7 July 2017

Friday, 30 June 2017

Dr. Markus Voge, researcher at EA European Academy, presents an approach to morphological analysis at the useR!2017-conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 7 July 2017. The annual useR! conference is the main meeting of the international R user and developer community and has been held since 2004. In his talk, Dr. Voge will introduce morphological analysis in general and show how a morphological analysis can be assisted with R using morphr. Morphological analysis is a problem-structuring method developed by the astrophysicist Fritz Zwicky in the 1940s to 1960s. It can be used to explore and constrain a multi-dimensional, possibly non-quantifiable, problem space. The problem is put into a morphological field, a tabular representation where each parameter corresponds to a column whose rows are filled with the parameter values. Each parameter value is mutually checked for consistency with all other parameter values. This enables to systematically exclude inconsistent configurations and therefore greatly reduces the problem space. Dedicated software is helpful to visualize and work with a morphological field. The R package morphr is a first step into the direction of a browser-based morphological analysis tool.