Model Analyst's Toolkit User Guide, Version 7.1.0
CHARLES RIVER ANALYTICS INC CAMBRIDGE MA
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Overview This guide is designed to allow you to quickly access the information you need to use the Model Analyst s Toolkit. It is also designed to allow you to build your knowledge of the Model Analyst s Toolkit. Use the Table of Contents and Index to quickly find the answer to a specific question, or read the entire book for a complete understanding of all the functionality offered in MAT. About the Model Analyst s Toolkit The Model Analysts Toolkit MAT is software that supports constructing and validating models of quantitative theories. MAT s features provide researchers with a whole new way to pursue scientific discovery. You can use MAT to build a causal model that specifies interconnected causes and effects, and then test that model using any dataset you choose. For example, you might theorize that increased poverty leads to increased crime. MAT lets you combine poverty and crime data to validate your theory. You can also use MAT to test physical models. For example, you could model the relationships between different points of failure in an engine and then populate the model with engine test data, proving that if a particular component is improved, the engine will be substantially more reliable. In summary, you can use MAT to turn an idea into a quantitatively provable theory, and visually demonstrate the proof or disproof of that theory. All the interfaces in MAT are easy-to-understand and use a point and click paradigm no programming or scripting is required.
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