Researchers are often interested in underlying complex patterns in their behavioural data that are difficult to detect using standard analytical methods. Theme is a very powerful research tool that detects hidden patterns in data sets and identifies concealed relationships.

How it Works

Timing and order are crucial to the effectiveness of nearly any kind of action, but they are hard to capture in statistics. Theme software was especially developed to deal with this challenge. If two behaviors are linked by a certain time interval more often than expected by chance, Theme defines them as a T-pattern. T-pattern analysis gives new and unexpected insights into the structure of behaviour. A free case study is available here.

Features and Benefits

Feature Benefit
Automatic detection of hidden patterns even if obscured by other events.Provides new insights into data.
Detects differences between subjects, effects of treatments, and precursors / consequences of specific behaviours.Enriches your analysis and guides the formulation of hypotheses
Compatible with other data files, including those created by The Observer, Ethovision and UltraVox.Analyse data from a variety sources easily.
In-built graphics display.Visualise your patterns for presentation.
Calculates a wide variety of easily-exported statistics e.g. for SPSS.Makes post-hoc analysis easy.


Here are some of the many scenarios which have used Theme:

Health Professionals
studying doctor/ patient communication
monitoring action potentials across neurons
examining relationships between spouses
Education Researchers
investigating learning in children
Usability Specialists
testing website designs
looking at feed pecking in birds

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