Documentation website: https://docs.ropensci.org/workloopR/
Accompanying paper in Journal of Open Source Software: https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.01856
We are not (yet) on CRAN but the package can be installed via:
Please note that vignettes are not built by default. To build vignettes as well, please use the following code:
workloopR (pronounced “work looper”) provides functions for the import, transformation, and analysis of muscle physiology experiments in R. As the package’s title suggests, our initial motivation was to provide functions to analyze work loops. The work loop technique (Josephson 1985) is used in studies of muscle physiology to determine the mechanical work and power output of a muscle. Over the course of developing the package, we expanded this goal to also cover experiments that are often complementary to the work loop technique. There are three currently supported experiment types: work loop, simple twitch, and tetanus.
workloopR offers the ability to import, transform, and then analyze a data file. Here is an example using a work loop file included within the package:
library(workloopR) ## import the workloop.ddf file included in workloopR wl_dat <- read_ddf(system.file("extdata", "workloop.ddf", package = 'workloopR'), phase_from_peak = TRUE) ## select cycles 3 through 5 using a peak-to-peak definition wl_selected <- select_cycles(wl_dat, cycle_def = "p2p", keep_cycles = 3:5) ## apply a gear ratio correction, run the analysis function, ## and then get the full object wl_analyzed <- analyze_workloop(wl_selected, GR = 2) ## for brevity, the print() method for this object produces a simple output wl_analyzed
For an overview, please also see our “Introduction to workloopR” vignette
Data import: Importing data creates objects of class
muscle_stim, which we designed to essentially behave as
data.frames but with unique properties that work nicely with
workloopR’s core functions. Data that are stored in .ddf format (e.g., generated by Aurora Scientific’s Dynamic Muscle Control and Analysis Software) are easily imported. Other file formats are welcome, but need to be constructed into
muscle_stim objects by the user; please see the vignette “Importing data from non .ddf sources”.
Data transformations & corrections: Prior to analyses, data can be transformed or corrected. Should data have been recorded incorrectly, the gear ratio of the motor arm and/or the direction of the muscle’s length change can be adjusted. Before analyzing work loop data, cycles within the work loop can be labeled (according to various definitions of what constitutes a “cycle”), which allows calculation of metrics on a per-cycle basis.
analyze_workloop() computes instantaneous velocity, net work, instantaneous power, and net power for work loop trials on a per-cycle basis. See the “Analyzing work loop experiments in workloopR” vignette.
isometric_timing() provides summarization of kinetics, i.e. the timing and magnitude of force production at various points within the tetanus or twitch trial. See the “Working with isometric experiments in workloopR” vignette.
## import the twitch.ddf file included in workloopR twitch_dat <- read_ddf(system.file("extdata", "twitch.ddf", package = 'workloopR')) ## run isometric_timing() to get info on twitch kinetics ## we'll use different set points than the defaults analyze_twitch <- isometric_timing(twitch_dat, rising = c(25, 50, 75), relaxing = c(75, 50, 25))
Batch processing: We also include functions for batch processing files (e.g., multiple files from a common experiment). These functions allow for the import, cycle selection, gear ratio correction, and ultimately work & power computation for all work loop trial files within a specified directory. This also allows users to correct for potential degradation of the muscle (according to power & work output) over the course of the experiment. See the “Batch processing” vignette
Plotting: Although we do not provide plotting functions, all resultant objects are designed to be friendly to visualization via either base-R plotting or
tidyverse functions. Please see the “Plotting data in workloopR” vignette.
The preferred way to cite
Baliga VB and Senthivasan S. 2019. workloopR: Analysis of work loops and other data from muscle physiology experiments in R. Journal of Open Source Software, 4(43), 1856, https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.01856
We are happy to take feature requests, especially those that involve data import from non-ddf file types. Please see our Issues page for templates that you can use.