Rtrack and ColonyTrack
Rupert Overall has generously shared information about two R packages for the analysis of animal tracking data.
Analysis of spatial exploration data from rodents in various behavioral tests can reveal complex strategies for solving mazes and memory tasks. However, the process for identifying these strategies from video data can be time consuming. To address this, Overall and colleagues have developed Rtrack for in-depth analysis of tracking coordinates (such as from video tracking in a Morris water maze) including the automated calling of search strategies. This software is written for the widely-used data analysis R/BioConductor13 platform and provides an easy-to use interface for data import, analysis and visualization. Rtrack can be accessed from the CRAN repository or from https://rupertoverall.net/Rtrack where detailed documentation can also be found. You can also learn more about this software and its implementation in a recent preprint!
Additionally, a project from Overall called ColonyTrack, is an R package for very deep analysis of discrete longitudinal tracking data (RFID-based cage localisation) for unlimited numbers of subjects. You can learn more about them on https://rupertoverall.net/ColonyTrack/.
This research tool was created by your colleagues. Please acknowledge the Principal Investigator, cite the article in which the tool was described, and include an RRID in the Materials and Methods of your future publications. Rtrack RRID:SCR_023025. ColonyTrack RRID:SCR_023026
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