ENBIS-18 in Nancy

2 – 25 September 2018; Ecoles des Mines, Nancy (France) Abstract submission: 20 December 2017 – 4 June 2018

Use of Standalone Shiny Application for Better Results Reports

3 September 2018, 14:20 – 14:40


Submitted by
thibaut Fabacher
Thibaut Fabacher (Hôpital Universitaire de Strasbourg), Erik-André Sauleau (Laboratoire iCUBE, Université de Strasbourg), Nicolas Meyer (Laboratoire iCUBE, Université de Strasbourg)
In the context of big data, efficient visualization is essential to easily grasp statistical analysis results. In some cases, extensive and sometimes confusing reports can be replaced by Shiny application from the software R, for example. However, the main inconvenient of shiny application is related to the lack of exportability. To solve this problem, a Shiny standalone application can be used. This application includes R-Portable software with all necessary packages and the Shiny Script. To launch the application, a “.bat” file can be used to run the R script from R-portable software. All these files can be combined in a unique folder to be compiled to a USB stick or shared on the cloud.

This work was initially developed to help medical students perform their statistical analysis. The team of GMRC (Groupe Methode en Recherche Clinique) from Strasbourg University hospital created a Point-and-Click GUI for basic statistical analysis, based on Shiny packages. To share this tool, the standalone application was inspired by Lee Pang’s R-blogger post (https://www.r-bloggers.com/deploying-desktop-apps-with-r/)

The major difficulties encountered were on operating system compatibility. Currently, this solution is available for Windows 32 and 64-bit, but for Mac operating System, R software must be installed.
This visualization tool received positive feedback by users, thanks to the efficient way of manipulating and representing all sorts of data.

This tool therefore contributes to interactive, synthetic, clear and customizable reports.

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