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Canoco for visualization of multivariate data

Canoco 5 arrived! Canoco is a software package for multivariate data analysis and visualization, with an emphasis on dimension reduction (ordination), regression analysis, and the combination of the two, constrained ordination.

Canoco 5 is the completely new version of Canoco, released in October 2012. Recent Canoco versions (4.0 and 4.5) were cited more than 4900 times in the past 10 years (2002-2011, ISI Web of Knowledge). Canoco 5 implements many recent advances in ordination, such as variation partitioning, co-correspondence analysis, and distance-based redundancy analysis, but the major advance is in user-friendliness.

In Canoco 5, data import, analyses and making graphs are integrated in a single Canoco 5 project. The Canoco Adviser helps in choosing data transformations and methods of analysis. Numerical analyses that used to take many runs, are now available through a single analysis template and the Analysis Notebook concisely summarizes the results and allows access to the full results. All analyses done on a set of data tables are now collected within Canoco 5 projects, sharing the analytical and graphing settings. Canoco 5 helps to make even better publication-quality ordination diagrams. The manual has been largely re-written and the large set of real-life examples is updated and extended to show new ways of working with multivariate data.