What is Analytica? Key Benefits
Analytica is a visual software environment for building, exploring, and sharing quantitative decision models. If you find yourself struggling with complex spreadsheets, you will find Analytica a revelation.
Speed: To Build and Run
Analytica runs 5 to 10 times faster than equivalent spreadsheets. And more important, you can build models 2 to 4 times faster. Models are 10 to 100 times smaller than equivalent Excel files — and correspondingly easier to build, debug, and explain.
Clarity: Influence Diagrams
Build, navigate, and present your models with intuitive influence diagrams. Distinguish decisions, uncertainties, and objectives by node shape. Clarify dependencies with influence arrows.
Scalability: Module Hierarchy
Cope comfortably with models too complex for spreadsheets. Organize large models as a hierarchy of comprehensible modules.
Flexibility: Intelligent Arrays
Explore multidimensional data with the ease and power of Intelligent Arrays™. Work with arrays, not cells. Formulas generalize automatically as you extend and add dimensions.
Transparency: Self-Documenting Models
Each variable includes units, description, inputs, outputs, and more. This transparency helps you and your clients understand the assumptions and trust the results.
Spreadsheet add-ins try to retrofit one or two of these features. We designed Analytica from its inception as a coherent and elegant whole.
- Uncertain values are represented as a random sample over the Run dimension — you get the full power of Intelligent Arrays to display and analyze probability distributions and statistics.
- Build a model at the level of variables not cells: Each node in an influence diagram can be an Intelligent Array. Influence arrows are much clearer and more useful than audit arrows.
- Optimization fully supports Intelligent Arrays over Time and Run, enabling powerful dynamic and stochastic optimization.
As you grasp the elegant design of Analytica, you’ll be amazed by the power and clarity at your fingertips.