Contextual Data Modeling - An Emerging Technology Moves Ahead

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A new type of PC software, Reason, has been improved. Reason supports a brain-centric process for analyzing small sets of data about almost anything. It is for individuals who engage in analysis, research, investigation, and even planning and monitoring. The process, contextual data modeling, exclusively embodies much, but not all, of the firm's patented technology. The market potential may exceed the firm's capacity.

...the genius of your methodology

Reason, an innovative PC program with unique contextual capabilities, has been enhanced. Execware's patented technology supports an analytic process named contextual data modeling (CDM) that helps individuals extract more information from a small data set than can be perceived by other means. The user's brain rather than the software is the center of CDM. An emailed comment from a cognitive scientist, quoted more fully on the Execware website, closes with "...the genius of your methodology".

Reason is a thinking tool for people engaged in analysis, research, investigation, and even planning and monitoring. Human reasoning controls the software to help users make the most sense out of the many 'things' they deal with. Those things, called 'items' in Reason, are listed on self-designed dynamic data tables. Sorting manually to see, for example, the 120 permutations, i.e. column arrangements, of a 5-column table is clearly impractical. Patented automatic sorting makes easy the examination of every possible permutation.

Viewing every permutation ensures the Reason user of not missing any significant relationships, good or bad, in the varying patterns of parameter values and in different sequences of the item names. Robert Listou, president of Execware, said that only after a demonstration of automated sorting did the U. S. Patent Office recognize its practical value. Reading about it, said Listou, cannot substitute for experiencing it.

The Reason user can also quickly see much more data about an item than is visible on the data table. Clicking an item name on the data table opens the 'item screen' that was used to enter the item's data into Reason. It contains an expandable field that can hold about a page of text. Names of related items entered by the user in a list can be clicked to open their item screens. Newly released Reason 1.1 adds to the item screen 3 short fields called 'markers'. The user can enter characters or colors for visual reference while browsing, automatically at a selected speed, a virtual pile of the item screens of all the items listed on the data table.

Content of data tables and item screens can be quickly modified with in-place editing, coloring text and backgrounds. That and automated sorting are components of the 'modeling' in CDM, a concept originated by Listou and so named in one his patents. CDM can be easily learned, by intuitively modeling the furnished sample dataset, or doing so using the accompanying tutorial.

Speed is essential to CDM because of how the brain works. Spontaneous reasoning by the user's mind evaluates what is perceived in the 'context' of that person's knowledge, experience, and skills, all in subconscious long term memory. Intuition and imagination then help the short term working memory generate ideas for change and present them to the conscious mind to evaluate. To accommodate the short term of working memory, Reason allows the user to make changes at close to the speed of thought.

Reason 1.1 has been released at Execware, where a slide presentation explains CDM. Available free at that website is a fully functional trial Reason. Its only limitation is the size of its sample dataset that can edited to become data from the user's work.

Listou said other patented CDM functions not yet programmed may lead Execware, a veteran-owned home office small business, to consider alliances, licensing, or acquisition to reinforce commercialization.

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