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DAD Knows Best: JMP Data Analysis Director

When I came into JMP and began learning about the software, STIPS was highly regarded as one of the best ways to learn about JMP and dive into the statistical mindset the software encourages. With such an immersive and extensive course, it may be a lot of information to absorb. A feature the developers of STIPS have created as an application may help you further your understanding and love for JMP. In their video presentation, Mia Stephens and Peter Hersh showcase the Data Analysis Director application. You can download this application for JMP here.


What is DAD?

Our insights showed that a significant amount of JMP users were challenged by finding the right method for analysis and how to use it. As STIPS further developed, Peter Hersch developed the Data Analysis Director. The main purpose of this application is to help users figure out what data analysis tool they should use by answering a series of questions. When you first open the application, it asks what you want to do with your data. It’s as easy as clicking on what you intend to do from there!

DAD’s features:

Upon entering the Data Analysis Director, you are prompted to click on options to help guide your analysis. Once you land on what analysis is most appropriate for your data, you have four options: example, help, launch analysis and demo video.

Example launches the analysis with one of JMP’s built-in datasets.

Help will open the help page for the topic.

Launch analysis will ask you to choose variables for the dataset you currently have open. If you do not have a dataset open, JMP will ask you to choose one from your library. After the variables are chosen, JMP will launch the analysis.

Demo video will take you to a video on the JMP community page explaining how to use the analysis.


DAD in action:

Let’s take this Animal Crossing dataset. Let’s visualize if there is a certain color of furniture that sells for more money. I’m not sure what test to use… let’s get some help from dear old DAD.


Let’s see what could possibly be costing us 26,000 bells to buy…




Wow… I could spend all my bells from fishing on this! It appears the grand piano comes in four different colors too!







In Animal Crossing, you live with ten other residents who are animals. I want to dig up some dirt on the animals that could possibly live on my island. What species is the most likely to show up?


Interesting… out of almost 400 villagers, your chances of getting your favorites are slim.


How is this different from the search bar?

JMP also has a search bar feature, let’s discuss the key differences between them.

The first main difference is the fact that DAD is an application that must be installed, whereas the JMP search bar is implemented directly into JMP 17. The other difference is the purpose they serve: do you know what analysis you want to do with your data, or do you need to know how to analyze your data. JMP search is the perfect way to find different features and tools for analysis. DAD is helpful for anyone who may those who may not know what method to use on their data.

JMP is used by more than statisticians. It is important that we accommodate users that have less of a statistical background to use JMP to the fullest.

Check out this video for more details and go have fun with your DAD!

Last Modified: Jul 26, 2023 11:35 AM

Great article Abrah,  We just released the JMP 17 version of the data analysis director that has workflows included.  You can get the JMP 16 or JMP 17 version here.