What does WinSAAM do?
WinSAAM will enable you to create mathematical models of
systems, emulate experiments on systems, and fit data derived from experiments
on systems. It also allows you to predict system responses and hence design
experiments to answer questions about systems.
Where do I find out more about WinSAAM?
There are two ways of finding out about WinSAAM:
Read our book on WinSAAM. “Investigating Biological
Systems Using Modeling: Strategies and Software", by Watsney,
Patterson, Linares, Greif, and Boston
Talk to us about your interests and we’ll help you
decide if the WinSAAM approach may be of assistance. Our information can be
found on the contact web page.
How do I obtain a copy of WinSAAM?
You can download an installable
version of WinSAAM, or do an automatic install, by visiting our Web
site, clicking on the download site link, and following the instructions.
How do I use WinSAAM?
Once you have identified your modeling objectives a strategy
for using WinSAAM might be as follow: Select
the edit window and, using the
predefined tabulation facility, enter the model and data … don’t forget to
assign statistical weights to any data. Return to the terminal
window and compile the input using the deck
command from the command menu. If you encountered errors here you’ll need to
return to the edit window to correct
the problems. Upon successful
compilation, solve the model (command
menu), and plot the solutions and data
… plot q(1,2,4) (for example).
You should now attempt to adjust parameters to get a good agreement
between your data and the model predictions.
When the agreement between your model and the data is consistently quite
good you can derive least squares estimates for your adjustable parameters using
the iterate command.
What does Macro do?
The Macro Command executes a file that consists of a series
of commands, also known as a Scripting File (the extension usually used for
scripting files is .sams). The macro command enables us to rapidly execute a
series of commands. It also provides a way to invoke the same set of commands at
later time in order to produce identical results, and reports.
How can I create a Scripting File?
Use your favorite text editor to add the commands to the
scripting file. You can save your file with any extension, however, the
conventional extension for scripting files is .sams The only essential
requirement for a scripting file is that it should be in “text only”
format. If you are using a program such as Word, or WordPerfect to write your
scripting file, make sure you save your file in “text only” format. If you
are using any other text editor, please consult the documentation of your text
editor to ensure that you save your scripting file in the appropriate format.
What commands can I use in a scripting file?
You can use any command that can be invoked from the
command line in WinSAAM.
What are SAAM dependent and SAAM independent scripts?
SAAM dependent scripts usually invoke a
.saam file from a specified location. If the file is not found the
execution will abort. To retrieve SAAM files you may use the following series of
This batch of commands will open the file ID201.saam
located on the E: drive in Sub- directory “Macro design”. Any subsequent
batch of commands will be executed on this file, until we specify a different .saam
file. In order to activate a SAAM dependent file we just invoke the Macro
Command in the Commands Menu.
scripts require the user to open a .saam file and than invoke the script file
which will be executed for the currently active .saam file. SAAM independent
scripts are any of the commands that a user would normally use when using