TFQA: Tools for Quantitative
Installation & Getting Started
1. You will have an email with a link to the download
location. Using your browser, download TFQAPackage.exe to
your Desktop. Your browser may automatically download
elsewhere (e.g., Downloads)--that is fine too.
2. Using Windows Explorer or My Computer, start the
installation by double clicking on TFQAPackage.exe
wherever you just downloaded it.
3. When asked where you want to "Extract to" choose
your Desktop or Downloads folder, for now, and click on
the "Extract" button. (In Windows 7, 8, and 10 you
may not be able to easily extract it to the Program Files
folder because of permissions.)
4. When you are asked for a password, enter the password
from your order response email exactly as it was provided.
This will put the toolkit programs in the folder "TFQA" on
your desktop (or wherever you told it). If you get a
message saying that "This program may not have installed
correctly", you can ignore it. Just close the
5. Use Windows Explorer or My Computer to move the TFQA
folder to C:\Program Files (x86), c:\Program Files, or
wherever you prefer. Windows 7 will want administrator
permission to move it to Program Files; if this is a
problem, you can also leave it on your desktop or move it
anywhere else you have access to.
6. The computer needs to know where the programs can be
found. See Running TFQA under
Windows for instructions.
GETTING STARTED &
You will need to read at least Overview of Programs
Conventions, and Running the TFQA
Programs under Windows.You may also want to scan the
documentation for the individual programs to get specifics
on the algorithms, options, input formats, and output. The
latest version of the full toolkit documentation is
available online at http://tfqa.com/doc.
A pdf of an out-of-date printed version of the manual
(147p from 3/11/2006) is contained in c:\program
files\TFQA\doc\toolkitdocoutdated.pdf. A copy of my
spatial analysis survey article is also there.
Running the Tools for Quantitative Archaeology under
Windows is a bit unusual because the TFQA programs, with a
handful of exceptions, are "console mode" true Windows
programs that do not have a menu driven interface or
sophisticated file navigation capabilities.Running the TFQA
Programs under Windows explains how to set things up
to run them conveniently. The essential thing is that the
programs look in the proper folder for the data files you
need and that they output files to the same place.
The few programs that produce graphics are DOS programs
(KMPLT, DIVPLT, LDPLT, BAYES, SCAT, and FORD) and demand
special attention to run; see Running TFQA
Graphics Programs . In particular they do not deal
with long file names and are restricted to, at most, 8
character file names (with no spaces or special
characters) followed, optionally, by a period and a 3
character extension (e.g., MYDATA.ADF). If you have files
you want these programs to read that don't meet these DOS
conventions, you must rename them so they do.
Using CSV Files
In the CSV subdirectory, created when you install the
program, are versions of several of the main programs that
will accept comma separated value (CSV) input rather than
the standard program input (with separate files for data
and row and column labels) described in the documentation.
If you preparing data files to analyze with Excel or
another spreadsheet (or want to go back and forth through
Excel), these may be easier to use (do File>Save
As>CSV in Excel). These versions of the programs use
dynamic storage allocation which allows them to do
problems of almost unlimited size. These are both steps on
the road to a Windows interface, but for now they retain
the DOS-like interface though they are true windows
programs. See Programs
Using CSV Interface for more information and a
description of the input format.
FILES AND FOLDERS
In general, you don't need to know this. The main TFQA
directory contains the latest versions of all the programs
in the package. With the except of the programs that
produce graphics directly (e.g., kmplt and ldplt) and a
few other minor programs, the TFQA programs have been
converted from their original DOS forms to Windows console
programs that handle bigger problems and run very much
faster. These Windows programs have essentially the same
interface as the DOS programs.
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