Quo vademus

Quo vademus – where are we going? That’s the question for AnRep3D right now. It was already shared on Twitter, but the message won’t have reached the full audience of this blog. A lot of readers reading this are coming from LinkedIn, so I repeat that no new posts have been planned for a while. Of course that’s a contradiction, because this is a blog-post after all. What I meant however, is that no new series illustrating the possibilities of AnRep3D will be started anytime soon. In short: no new 3D-graphs to be expected here for a while.

Snow in Italy

Photo by danfador on Pixabay

Why, you might ask? Well, the first reason is Return on Investment. Yes, I know it’s free software, but here I’m talking about time invested versus recognition of the value of the concept. Creating a new 3D-graph is a matter of seconds, but finding the sources and collecting the data can take an hour. Then looking for the right angle, selecting pictures and actually writing and thinking is even more time-consuming. The time invested on average is about three to four hours a week. The expected return was to get feedback on the use of the generator at least once for every post, but it’s very silent now. The main purpose of this blog actually is to have interaction and get feedback, but it seems like interaction is fading. I don’t refer to interaction on Twitter or views of this blog, but feedback about the actual use of the AnRep3D-generator.

The other purpose of this blog is to provide all kinds of examples, showing what the 3D-graph generator is capable of. By now there is an extensive white-paper, offering a more structured approach and still a whole list of posts on very different subjects, mostly offering a real 3D graph to be watched and manipulated in a browser. No need for more of the same, I think, as I would only start to repeat myself – hence the stop.

Daylight Mining

Photo by shibang on Pixabay

AnRep3D is about visual mining. Visual Mining uses the power of the human visual system to discover patterns. Similar to what machine learning does, but the human eye and related parts of the brain are still more powerful and more accurate than computers are. The only way to perform visual mining with the help of AnRep3D is to create one’s own graphs (using own data that is) and look for patterns. There we encounter an issue. We would love to hear from people who processed their own data and looked at the resulting 3D-graph, discovering new patterns. Unfortunately, that’s the part I am missing! My WordPress- and Google-stats show that people from all over the world are reading the posts, look at the 3D-graphs and visit our website and downloads happen from time to time, but there it becomes a bit obscure.

Candles

Photo by Skylar Kang on Pexels 

Although I am very experienced in working with the generator myself by now, I can imagine there is still a threshold to actually use the generator – the first one being the download.  The idea was to lift the Java-code and make the AnRep3D-generator a web-application, to lower this hurdle. I looked at several options, but most of the low-coding and no-coding environments are very primitive (or really expensive). The results are somewhere between shopping lists and front-ends for databases. AnRep3D is a bit more complicated. Something like Java Applets is too complicated for me as I’m not an engineer. I could code my concept only with the help of one of my sons (in Java) and for the JavaScript in the 3D-graph I call the cloud-service X3DOM. ShinyApps is the only one looking very promising. Nice buttons and sliders could replace the parameter-line and the content of an input-file can be pasted in a window. However, it will take me a lot of time to move to a new environment and I could also use the time to write another book. Let’s see. For now the question remains: “Quo vademus – where are we going?”

Wandering

Photo by Free-Photos on Pixabay

The AnRep3D-generator can still be downloaded for free as a zip-package with examples of input and output and a manual and videos, blogposts, examples, white-paper and so on can also be found at our website!

About AnRep3D

AnRep3D is the new company, founded after the handover of Scientassist (together with VRBI) to one of my sons. From now I will focus on three-dimensional graphs for the financial markets, showing the main figures from annual reports in comparison. As per 2021 a second product is available: EnRep3D. It is meant to visualise energy. Although the engine is the same, the texts, manual, website and examples (including blogposts) are focused at energy.
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