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User Defined Spreadsheet Functions in Excel  [PDF]
Jerzy Tyszkiewicz,Dermot Balson
Computer Science , 2012,
Abstract: Creating user defined functions (UDFs) is a powerful method to improve the quality of computer applications, in particular spreadsheets. However, the only direct way to use UDFs in spreadsheets is to switch from the functional and declarative style of spreadsheet formulas to the imperative VBA, which creates a high entry barrier even for proficient spreadsheet users. It has been proposed to extend Excel by UDFs declared by a spreadsheet: user defined spreadsheet functions (UDSFs). In this paper we present a method to create a limited form of UDSFs in Excel without any use of VBA. Calls to those UDSFs utilize what-if data tables to execute the same part of a worksheet several times, thus turning it into a reusable function definition.
LICSS - a chemical spreadsheet in microsoft excel
Kevin R Lawson, Jonty Lawson
Journal of Cheminformatics , 2012, DOI: 10.1186/1758-2946-4-3
Abstract: LICSS is a lightweight chemical spreadsheet within Microsoft Excel for Windows. LICSS stores structures solely as Smiles strings. Chemical operations are carried out by calling Java code modules which use the CDK, JChemPaint and OPSIN libraries to provide cheminformatics functionality. Compounds in sheets or charts may be visualised (individually or en masse), and sheets may be searched by substructure or similarity. All the molecular descriptors available in CDK may be calculated for compounds (in batch or on-the-fly), and various cheminformatic operations such as fingerprint calculation, Sammon mapping, clustering and R group table creation may be carried out.We detail here the features of LICSS and how they are implemented. We also explain the design criteria, particularly in terms of potential corporate use, which led to this particular implementation.LICSS is an Excel-based chemical spreadsheet with a difference:? It can usefully be used on sheets containing hundreds of thousands of compounds; it doesn't compromise the normal performance of Microsoft Excel? It is designed to be installed and run in environments in which users do not have admin privileges; installation involves merely file copying, and sharing of LICSS sheets invokes automatic installation? It is free and extensibleLICSS is open source software and we hope sufficient detail is provided here to enable developers to add their own features and share with the community.The familiar Chemical Spreadsheet paradigm is an extremely useful way of presenting structural information together with calculated or measured structural properties. Indeed, most software which handles or stores chemical data will make available a tabular view implementing at least some of the more common spreadsheet functionality such as sorting by columns. Many excellent chemical spreadsheet tools are commercially available and there are also notable freeware/open source examples [1]. Most such software is self-contained which, of
Source Code Protection for Applications Written in Microsoft Excel and Google Spreadsheet  [PDF]
Thomas A. Grossman
Computer Science , 2008,
Abstract: Spreadsheets are used to develop application software that is distributed to users. Unfortunately, the users often have the ability to change the programming statements ("source code") of the spreadsheet application. This causes a host of problems. By critically examining the suitability of spreadsheet computer programming languages for application development, six "application development features" are identified, with source code protection being the most important. We investigate the status of these features and discuss how they might be implemented in the dominant Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and in the new Google Spreadsheet. Although Google Spreadsheet currently provides no source code control, its web-centric delivery model offers technical advantages for future provision of a rich set of features. Excel has a number of tools that can be combined to provide "pretty good protection" of source code, but weak passwords reduce its robustness. User access to Excel source code must be considered a programmer choice rather than an attribute of the spreadsheet.
Toward Reverse Engineering of VBA Based Excel Spreadsheet Applications  [PDF]
Domenico Amalfitano,Nicola Amatucci,Vincenzo De Simone,Anna Rita Fasolino,Porfirio Tramontana
Computer Science , 2015,
Abstract: Modern spreadsheet systems can be used to implement complex spreadsheet applications including data sheets, customized user forms and executable procedures written in a scripting language. These applications are often developed by practitioners that do not follow any software engineering practice and do not produce any design documentation. Thus, spreadsheet applications may be very difficult to be maintained or restructured. In this position paper we present in a nutshell two reverse engineering techniques and a tool that we are currently realizing for the abstraction of conceptual data models and business logic models.
A Primer on Spreadsheet Analytics  [PDF]
Thomas A. Grossman
Computer Science , 2008,
Abstract: This paper provides guidance to an analyst who wants to extract insight from a spreadsheet model. It discusses the terminology of spreadsheet analytics, how to prepare a spreadsheet model for analysis, and a hierarchy of analytical techniques. These techniques include sensitivity analysis, tornado charts,and backsolving (or goal-seeking). This paper presents native-Excel approaches for automating these techniques, and discusses add-ins that are even more efficient. Spreadsheet optimization and spreadsheet Monte Carlo simulation are briefly discussed. The paper concludes by calling for empirical research, and describing desired features spreadsheet sensitivity analysis and spreadsheet optimization add-ins.
Generating Metadata on a Shoestring sans Programmer, with Our Good Friend, Excel (or Any Spreadsheet)  [cached]
Jill Strass
Code4Lib Journal , 2008,
Abstract: How to use Excel to generate metadata for any encoded filename or identifier for any digital object whose attributes can be expressed in an abbreviated form.
Meta-analyses and Forest plots using a microsoft excel spreadsheet: step-by-step guide focusing on descriptive data analysis
Jeruza L Neyeloff, Sandra C Fuchs, Leila B Moreira
BMC Research Notes , 2012, DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-5-52
Abstract: We constructed a step-by-step guide to perform a meta-analysis in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, using either fixed-effect or random-effects models. We have also developed a second spreadsheet capable of producing customized forest plots.It is possible to conduct a meta-analysis using only Microsoft Excel. More important, to our knowledge this is the first description of a method for producing a statistically adequate but graphically appealing forest plot summarizing descriptive data, using widely available software.Meta-analyses and systematic reviews are necessary to synthesize the ever-growing data obtained from primary research. Performing a search on Pubmed limiting to the type of article, the Mesh term "meta-analysis" will wield 4223 results in 2010 only. Although reviews of interventional studies, especially clinical trials, provide the best evidence, there are several situations in which observational studies are the only alternative. Meta-analyses of these studies are becoming more common, particularly after publication of the MOOSE statement [1]. Some of the studies are not concerned with the assessment of relative risks or odds ratios, but are focused on a summary statistics of incidence or prevalence.General purpose statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata, SAS, and R can be used to perform meta-analyses, but it is not their primary function and hence they all require external macros or coding. These can be downloaded, but are not always easy for the researcher to understand or customize. Additionally, the first three programs do not have free access, with prices ranging from $250 to over $30,000 depending on version and country. R is a very resourceful open source package, but its use in health is still limited, due mostly to the need of programming instead of a point-and-click interface.There are some software packages specifically developed to conduct meta-analyses. RevMan [2] is a freeware program from the Cochrane Collaboration that requires the res
Spreadsheet Validation and Analysis through Content Visualization  [PDF]
Richard Brath,Michael Peters
Computer Science , 2008,
Abstract: Visualizing spreadsheet content provides analytic insight and visual validation of large amounts of spreadsheet data. Oculus Excel Visualizer is a point and click data visualization experiment which directly visualizes Excel data and re-uses the layout and formatting already present in the spreadsheet.
Solutions of Initial Value Problems Using Fifth-Order Runge-Kutta Method Using Excel Spreadsheet  [PDF]
Fae`q A.A. Radwan
Journal of Applied Sciences , 2002,
Abstract: Fifht order Runge – Kutta method (Bucher’s method) is used in solving initial value problems of the form by the aid of Excel Spread Sheet for different values of step size h, and the true relative percent error εt is calculated for every case.
Spreadsheet Structure Discovery with Logic Programming  [PDF]
Jocelyn Paine
Computer Science , 2008,
Abstract: Our term "structure discovery" denotes the recovery of structure, such as the grouping of cells, that was intended by a spreadsheet's author but is not explicit in the spreadsheet. We are implementing structure discovery tools in the logic-programming language Prolog for our spreadsheet analysis program Model Master, by writing grammars for spreadsheet structures. The objective is an "intelligent structure monitor" to run beside Excel, allowing users to reconfigure spreadsheets to the representational needs of the task at hand. This could revolutionise spreadsheet "best practice". We also describe a formulation of spreadsheet reverse-engineering based on "arrows".
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