Over many years of working in data processing and data analysis I accumulated various MS Excel tools that I like to use. However, it always seems that when I need them, they are not in a convenient location and trying to share them with others is often also quite inconvenient.
To address these issues and to add to the MS Excel community, I decided a looonnnnggg time ago to build a site that focuses on linking MS Excel users with MS Excel tools. My intention is to try and keep it targeted at allowing a user to quickly search a database of potential solutions and extract the solution in a usable form as easily as possible.
So I have been working on a site to do just this. I have called it, very imaginatively, ‘Shared Excel Tools’. It is still very much in construction but it is online and can be found here:
Shared Excel Tools – Still under construction…
Borrowing from the evolution simmed blog, here is the list of features I intend to add over the next 12 months…
Future features list:
- Simulation summary report – An output panel that displays key information such as:
- most successful/numerous species
- most complex species
- New species highlighter – An animated line to highlight new species for easy identification
- Simulation recording – Recording a simulation in a text file to allow saving and manual modification
- Discussion board – A discussion board to allow active discussion
- Moving environment – Allow gradual movement of environmental cells to simulate a changing environment
- More control over the environmental cells such as the size of the grid and more control of the impact of various environmental cells
Evolution is a fascinating topic. We have a wonderful example of evolution in action with biological evolution but we can also take the fundamental blocks to gain insight into many other processes. While understanding the fundamental principles of evolution can be straight forward, it can also be to describe many surprising and complex phenomenia. Contemplating the likely or even just possible outcomes can lead to interesting philosophical exercises.
To aid the learning of evolution and to help conceptionalise evolutionary processes I created an online evolutionary simulator which I called ‘Evolution Simmed’.
It is placed in its own site located here:
Evolution Simmed Site v1.0
While it is quite useable, it is now quite old. It has always been quite ugly and is still missing some core functionality which I want it to have. For these reasons I have decided to redo the site which is one of many projects I am working on.
Our overall mental health can be an accumulation of many aspects that we find important in life. Separating those aspects of our lifes can give us insight on actions we can take to lift our mood and general well-being. It can be very easy to focus on just a few aspects of our lives at the cost of other important areas. Neglecting family to focus on work is an example many of us are familiar with.
The ‘State of Being Calculator’ uses nine measures to gauge our overall life satisfaction. By considering each factor separately we can narrow down potential actions we can use to improve life. If you would like to use the tool to track progress over time, you can register an account to record your changes and past scores.
How to use:
Note: To record any changes to the default factors or to record scores over time, an account is required.
- Using the default information, edit each factor to match your own values.
State of Being Calculator
Structured Problem Solving Tool – Compare
A project I am currently working on which involves the steps typically used in structured problem solving.