Pathfinder Networks

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JPathfinder is the latest Java version of the software. It runs on any computer with an up-to-date version of Java (free). Some sample data files and a terms file are placed in a "jpf" directory for experimentation. This software is now very stable, but please report any problems or bugs. You also should download fresh copies before starting new projects to take advantage of any fixes that have been made.

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Executable jar file: Download JPathfinder.jar (4.7 Mbytes)
Documentation:  Download JPathfinder.doc

The Quick Guide provides an overview of JPathfinder and
some advice on using the software. Download JPathfinder Quick Guide

JRate is a Java program for collecting pairwise relatedness ratings.

Executable jar file: Download JRate.jar (4.7 Mbytes)

How to use: Download JRate.doc

JTarget  is a Java program for collecting relatedness ratings by moving terms. It may not render properly on the Macintosh.

Executable jar file: Download JTarget.jar (4.7 Mbytes)

How to use: Download JTarget.doc

Matlab version of Pathfinder (7.0)
The Matlab version requires Matlab version 2015a or later as well as the Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox. The downloaded files include the required .m files and some sample data sets to exercise the software.

Download Matlab
Documentation is available in the MS Word file, "Pathfinder.doc" which will be found in the folder into which you extract the pathfinder files.

Extract the zipped files to a directory of your choosing, make that directory the current directory in Matlab, and enter "pathfinder" in the Matlab Command Window to start.

The "Help" button in the Pathfinder application will open the "Pathfinder.doc" file.

A paper summarizing Pathfinder networks with examples of its use:

Schvaneveldt, R. W., Durso, F. T., & Dearholt, D. W. (1989). Network structures in proximity data. In G. Bower (Ed.),   The  psychology of learning and motivation: Advances in research & theory,   Vol. 24 (pp. 249-284). New York: Academic Press. Download PDF

The Pathfinder Book which is out of print:

Schvaneveldt, R. W. (Editor) (1990).   Pathfinder associative networks: Studies in knowledge organization. Norwood, NJ: Ablex. Download zipped PDF of the chapters in the Pathfinder Book

More papers are available for downloading at Roger's Papers

Here is a list of functions performed by the software.


Average multiple data files
Compute a coherence measure on proximity data
Correlate pairs of proximity data sets
Generate Pathfinder networks from proximities
Generate Threshold networks from proximities
Generate Nearest Neighbor networks from proximities
Compute network properties
Merge two or more networks into one
Compute the similarity of networks
Handle multiple data files
Display networks
Move nodes to new positions (links follow)
Print and save a PFnet
Display directed links
Collect pairwise rating data