Obsummary processes single-actor data files (.odf)
from The Observer 3.0 and Video Analysis 4.0 (other
versions have not been tested but may work) and writes
frequencies and durations of each behavior to a comma
separated file (.csv). Latencies can also be optionally
included in the output.
You only need to specify the configuration file
(.cnf) used to create the data files and select which
data files to process. You may also specify which
behaviors to include in the output file, and whether
or not the totals for each behavior should be broken
down by modifier. For within-subjects experimental
designs, you can format the output according to a
A number of options are available for processing
partial files as well. This automated processing
eliminates the need to manually reformat data files
exported from The Observer to a form suitable for
analysis. The output files produced by this application
can be immediately imported into a spreadsheet application
The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience,
hereafter referred to as the CBN,
retains all ownership rights to this
software, including documentation,
but grants you a personal license
to use the software and documentation
free of charge. You may install the
software on multiple computers. You
may make copies of the software and
provide copies to other parties,
provided that the parties receiving
the software agree to these terms.
You may not, however, distribute
the software in exchange for money,
goods, or services of any kind. You
may not alter the software or documentation
in any manner. You may not decompile,
reverse-engineer, or attempt to obtain
the source code in any way without
express permission from the CBN.
The software is licensed "as is" with
no warranty of any kind. The CBN
is not liable for any damages, or
loss or corruption of data. The CBN
does not warrant that the software
or documentation is free of errors.
The CBN provides no assurance that
the software is suitable for any
particular purpose, and you are solely
responsible for ascertaining its
By downloading this software, you agree to the terms above.
Tagyerit is a companion application to Obsummary.
While Obsummary offers several ways to process partial
data files, Tagyerit gives you additional flexibility
in processing partial files. Tagyerit creates modified
data files (.odf) that can subsequently be processed
by Obsummary. Tags are inserted into the original
data files for use by Obsummary as start or end points
for processing. Tagyerit is automatically installed
Obsummary is designed to run on a Windows operating
system. The ObsummaryInstall.zip file contains all
of the files necessary to install Obsummary, as well
as a manual in pdf format. If you have a previous
version of Obsummary already installed, you should
uninstall that prior to installing the new version.
You can uninstall it through the Windows Control
Panel by selecting Add/Remove Programs.
Extract the files from ObsInstall.zip, and run
Extract all of the files from ObsInstall.zip to
a temporary folder. If you double-click on the zip
file in Windows Explorer or File Manager, a utility
should start that will allow you to extract the files
to a folder of your choice. If not, you can download
a free zip utility, such as ZipCentral (http://zipcentral.iscool.net),
from the web. Once the files are extracted from the
zip file, run setup.exe to install Obsummary. After
setup completes, you can delete the files you extracted
in the temporary folder. It is recommended that you
keep the manual available for reference, however.
You can start the program from the Start menu under
If you find any bugs or have suggestions for improvements,
please contact Dave Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.