DZ Mds Software

DZmds is designed to provide rapid, first-order evaluation of detrital geochronological datasets by visualizing the dissimilarity between detrital geochronological datasets as distance in Cartesian coordinates. The software is designed to maximize flexibility: allowing comparison of MDS based on multiple dissimilarity matrices, using multiple criteria, and in multiple dimensions. The algorithm executes both metric and non-metric non-classical multidimensional scaling (MDS) of a dissimilarity matrix calculated for a group of samples. Metric MDS can be calculated based on stress or squared stress. Dissimilarity can be selected as the complement of the Cross-correlation of the samples' probability density plots (PDPs) or kernel density estimates (KDEs), the Kuiper V value, or the Kolmogorov-Smirnov D value. Multidimensional scaling can be conducted in multiple dimensions and displayed in either 2 or 3 dimensions.

Before using DZmds, you must run the MCRInstaller, available at the link below. You may also need to run the Windows Visual C++ redistributable package before running the MCRInstaller or DZmds. Currently, DZmds only runs on Windows operating systems and has only been tested on Windows 7.

DZmds v.1.1.1