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Welcome to the Quick Guide.  Quantrix Modeler allows you to independently manipulate four distinct model elements:
  1. The visual presentation of the model, its structural orientation, format and lay out on the screen or printed page.
  2. The structure or dimensions of the model, including categories and items
  3. The data, including static and calculated data
  4. The logic, including formulas and functions that calculate the interactions of the model's structure and data Quantrix Modeler stores data in modeling matrices. Formulas are easily visible and you construct them using meaningful natural language syntax. Quantrix includes a rich charting capability that lets you create a chart from a particular matrix. The illustration below highlights the matrix table which contains the structure and data, the formula editor, which contains the logic, and a presentation in the form of a chart.

If you have not done so already, open Quantrix by double-clicking the Quantrix icon on your desktop or choosing Start --> All Programs --> Quantrix --> Quantrix Modeler. Upon opening Quantrix for the first time, you will start with a new Quantrix model like the illustration below.

Your initial new model consists of an initial Matrix labeled Matrix1 and the Model Browser. As you build the model, your model browser will show and allow you to navigate between all the matrices and views in the model.

Other elements of the Quantrix Model window you will be using include:
Category Tiles - A category is the largest organizational unit; it contains items and item groups. It is physically represented as a category tile.
Items - An item is the smallest unit; it is a single entity and must belong to a category. An item appears as a labeled cell above a column or to the left of a row.
Cells - A cell represents the intersection of two or more items. Data can be directly entered into cells or formulas can control the content of the cells.
Formula Editor - In Quantrix, you enter and audit all formulas for the matrix in the formula editor.
Toolbar - The toolbar contains shortcuts to the tasks that you're likely to perform most frequently. Instead of choosing a command from a menu, you can click its equivalent tool button.

>> Lesson One: Creating a Matrix, Adding Categories and Items
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