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DADiSP

DADiSP
Developer(s) DSP Development Corporation
Initial release 1987 (1987)
Stable release DADiSP 6.5 B05 / December 26, 2012 (2012-12-26)
Development status Active
Written in C, C++, SPL
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Platform IA-32, x86
Type Technical computing
License Proprietary commercial software
Website DADiSP
SPL
Paradigm multi-paradigm: imperative, procedural, object-oriented, array
Designed by Randy Race
Developer DSP Development Corporation
First appeared late 1990s
Stable release 6.5 / 2012
Typing discipline dynamic, weak
OS Microsoft Windows
Filename extensions .spl
Influenced by
APL, C, C++

DADiSP (Data Analysis and Display, pronounced day-disp) is a [2]

Interface

DADiSP is designed to perform technical data analysis in a spreadsheet like environment. However, unlike a typical business spreadsheet that operates on a table of cells each of which contain single scalar values, a DADiSP Worksheet consists of multiple interrelated windows where each window contains an entire series or multi-column matrix. A window not only stores the data, but also displays the data in several interactive forms, including 2D graphs, XYZ plots, 3D surfaces, images and numeric tables. Like a traditional spreadsheet, the windows are linked such that a change to the data in one window automatically updates all dependent windows both numerically and graphically.[3][4] Users manipulate data primarily through windows. A DADiSP window is normally referred to by the letter "W" followed by a window number, as in "W1". For example, the formula W1: 1..3 assigns the series values {1, 2, 3} to "W1". The formula W2: W1*W1 sets a second window to compute the square of each value in "W1" such that "W2" will contain the series {1, 4, 9}. If the values of "W1" change to {3, 5, 2, 4}, the values of "W2" automatically update to {9, 25, 4, 16}.

Programming language

DADiSP includes a series based programming language called SPL (Series Processing Language)[5] used to implement custom algorithms. SPL has a C/C++ like syntax and is incrementally compiled into intermediate bytecode, which is executed by a virtual machine. SPL supports both standard variables assigned with = and "hot" variables assigned with :=. For example, the statement A = 1..3 assigns the series {1, 2, 3} to the standard variable "A". The square of the values can be assigned with B = A * A. Variable "B" contains the series {1, 3, 9}. If "A" changes, "B" does not change because "B" preserves the values as assigned without regard to the future state of "A". However, the statement A := 1..3 creates a "hot" variable. A hot variable is analogous to a window, except hot variables do not display their data. The assignment B := A * A computes the square of the values of "A" as before, but now if "A" changes, "B" automatically updates. Setting A = {3, 5, 2, 4} causes "B" to automatically update with {9, 25, 4, 16}.

History

DADiSP was originally developed in the early 1980s as part of a research project at MIT to explore the aerodynamics of Formula One racing cars.[4] The original goal of the project was to enable researchers to quickly explore data analysis algorithms without the need for traditional programming.

Version history

  • DADiSP 6.5 B05,[6] Dec 2012
  • DADiSP 6.5,[7] May 2010
  • DADiSP 6.0, Sep 2002
  • DADiSP 5.0, Oct 2000
  • DADiSP 4.1, Dec 1997
  • DADiSP 4.0, Jul 1995
  • DADiSP 3.01, Feb 1993
  • DADiSP 2.0,[8] Feb 1992
  • DADiSP 1.05, May 1989
  • DADiSP 1.03, Apr 1987

See also

References

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  8. ^ DADiSP 2.0 Wiley Online Library, The Professional Geographer Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 103–108, February 1992

Further reading

  • Allen Brown, Zhang Jun: First Course In Digital Signal Processing Using DADiSP, Abramis, ISBN 9781845495022
  • Charles Stephen Lessard: Signal Processing of Random Physiological Signals (Google eBook), Morgan & Claypool Publishers

External links

  • DSP Development Corporation (DADiSP vendor)
  • DADiSP Online Help
  • DADiSP Tutorials
  • Getting Started with DADiSP
  • Introduction to DADiSP
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