In the very first version of JMP, data columns remembered the modeling type. Committing the modeling type when you set up the data table means that you never have to say it again. The attribute affects how every platform treats the column. When Distribution looks at the column, it already knows whether to treat the values as categories or as numerical measurements. Fit Y by X changes the whole analysis between four different platforms depending on the modeling types of Y and X. By remembering the modeling type, the rest of JMP seems not only easy, but intelligent, saving many burdens later. In JMP 14, we extended the modeling type because we were handling new types of data (multiple response and unstructured text).
Although assigning the modeling type became a requirement, optional column properties opened up a rich opportunity to remember many other things that platforms could put to use. There are 35 column properties you can specify in the Col Info dialog, and a few more that can be set through platforms.
If you spend time working on axis settings for a plot, you don’t want to have to do it again the next time. Just click Save to Column Property and the Axis column property will be remembered and applied nearly every time you use that column again in a graph. Those stored memories make work much easier the more you invest in them.
Remembering analyses becomes easy with the Save Script commands. Whenever you complete an analysis that you feel was productive, use Save Script to Data Table to make it easy to do again.
Remembering is a common theme across JMP, including:
· Recall buttons to retrieve remembered platform launches.
· New Tables that store their Source scripts.
But there have been some things we wished JMP remembered – but didn’t.
For example, suppose that after doing a long sequence of cleanup operations on data to prepare it for analysis, you get new data and want to do the same operations again. It sure would have been helpful if JMP could have remembered what was done to the last data so that it could be replayed to do it again with the new data.
Now, with the enhanced log, JMP 16 can do that. When Enhanced Mode is activated through Preferences, the log will remember most interactive operations you do to your data with “action recording.” It’s similar to the recording features you may be familiar with in spreadsheets.