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Data Processing

There are a number of software packages available that can be used for data analysis. A descriptions of common software packages and a link with further information on each software package can be found below. Some packages require licenses which can be acquired via the Tech Support Desk.

BrainVision Analyzer is a software package designed to process and analyse EEG data. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has access to a limited number of concurrent use licences. To install BrainVision Analyzer and request a license, contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl).

Error message concerning the HASP License Manager

A) Connection issues
Brain vision analyser requires a connection to the UU network via Ethernet cable or VPN to check your license for using Brain Vision Analyzer. Follow the steps below, continuing to each next step when Brain Vision Analyzer works and contacting us if it doesn’t. Please note the outcome of each step in you e-mail.

  1. Try connecting your laptop to an Ethernet Cable at the Office and start Brain Vision Analyzer
  2. Try connecting to the internet using VPN on a wifi connection and start Brain Vision Analyzer
  3. If you arrive here, Brain Vision Analyzer now works

B) Limited Licenses
The number of concurrent user licences is limited. It is possible that all licences are currently in use, leaving no valid licences for your instance of Brain Vision Analyzer. Please wait a few hours and attempt to use Brain Vision Analyzer again.

MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a numerical computing environment and proprietary programming language developed by Mathworks. In addition to the base software, there is a wide range of toolbox that allow Matlab to be used for different purposes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has access to Matlab licenses. Installation and licensing of Matlab depends on the system you are working on.

Matlab on your office desktop or laptop

  1. Search for and open the ‘Software centre’ Application
  2. Search for Matlab, select and install the software
  3. If you experience any issues contact the office IT by calling (+31) 030 253 4500

Matlab on a desktop or laptop in the lab

Contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl) and we will assist you installing Matlab on your system.

Psychophysics Toolbox Version 3 (PTB-3)
The PTB3 toolbox is commonly used to program experiments in Matlab for vision as well as neuroscience research. Instructions on how to install this toolbox can be found on their website.

R is a programming language and free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software and data analysis. As a result there are many available packages that support a wide range of statistical analysis. R is often combined with R-studio, an integrated development environment (IDE), to increase the ease of use.

R & R-studio on your office desktop or Laptop

  1. Download both R and R-studio.
  2. Install R and then R-studio by following the instructions
  3. If you get an error during installation, you might not have the rights to install software on your laptop. To address this issue, contact the office IT by calling (+31) 030 253 4500

R & R-studio on a desktop or laptop in the lab

  1. Download both R and R-studio.
  2. Install R and then R-studio by following the instructions
  3. If you get an error during installation, you might not have the rights to install software on your system. Contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl) and we will assist you in installing the software on your system
NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) computer software package produced by QSR International. It has been designed for qualitative researchers working within very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required. NVivo is intended to help users organize and analyze non-numerical or unstructured data.

More information
To install NVivo and request a license contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl).

Comprehesive meta-analysis (CMA) is a software package specifically designed for meta-analysis. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science has one license.

More information
Contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl) and we will assist you with CMA.
Noldus FaceReader is a software package for analysing facial expressions. It can automatically analyses a range of facial expressions such as happy, sad, angry, surprised, scared, disgusted, neutral, contempt, boredom, interest, and confusion. It also calculates gaze direction, head orientation, and person characteristics. The software immediately analyzes your data (live, video, or still images), saving valuable time. In addition, expressions can be characterised using the the circumplex model of affect, describing the distribution of emotions in a 2D circular space containing arousal and valence dimensions.

More information
Contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl) and we will assist you with Noldus FaceReader.
KALDI is a software package for creating speech-to-text transcriptions. It can automatically analyse a range of language sound files and transcribe it to text. More information can be found on the official KALDI website. Please fill in the form below if you would like to make use of KALDI.
If you are going to use this software, ALWAYS MAKE A BACKUP (in general) since your files will be unrecoverable if you have deleted them by mistake!
Request a KALDI account

Request a KALDI account
(only use official UU email addresses)

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More information
Contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl) and we will assist you with KALDI.

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If you are unsure what software is most suitable for your purpose, you can ask us for advice at the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl).