ZooaRchGUI: A User-Friendly Graphical User Interface with the R-Programming Language for Archaeologists


Zooarchaeologists contribute valuable data to the exploration of archaeology’s grand challenges. The scale and complexity of these problems requires zooarchaeologists to aggregate and analyze data using rigorous statistical methods while ensuring reproducibility and validity. Because assemblages can contain thousands of data points, conducting statistical analyses on all of the available data in a standardized fashion is difficult. ZooaRchGUI provides zooarchaeologists a free, user-friendly software that harnesses the power of the R programming language. It is currently available for download from the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN). ZooaRchGUI provides a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that reduces direct interaction with R code, increasing accessibility while encouraging replicability and rigor. The program gives users the ability to import and modify data to suit their needs and easy-to-use functions to analyze data using statistical tools and visualize the results. The functionality of zooaRchGUI is also continuously expanding; it is continuously updated to include innovative statistical tools providing a more stable, intuitive, and replicable user experience. Moreover, future versions of ZooaRchGUI will include broader techniques aimed at archaeologists across all sub-disciplines.

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ZooaRchGUI: A User-Friendly Graphical User Interface with the R-Programming Language for Archaeologists. John Rapes, Jesse Wolfhagen, Max Price, Erik R. Otárola-Castillo. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443655)

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Abstract Id(s): 21633