10.6 Web app

In an effort to allow users to quickly explore the functionality of robvis, a web application was created which provides a graphically interface to the robvis package.

The web-app is available here. A brief guided walk-through is presented below.

10.6.1 Landing Page

The page presents a concise version of the guidance found in the previous chapters, specifically relating to setting up your dataset. More importantly, users can download the example datasets for each tool as a CSV file and use these to interact with the app and explore its functionality.

10.6.2 Traffic light plot page

Clicking on the second tab will bring you to the screen displayed below.

This menu acts as a graphical interface for the rob_traffic_light() function:

  • Upload your risk of bias summary table by clicking “Browse…” and navigating to where you stored your CSV file.
  • Use the drop-down box to select the tool used to perform your risk of bias assessments.

The basic traffic light plot should now appear on the right hand side of the window.

You can customize the plot using the following options:

  • Select the colour scheme you wish to use (either “Cochrane” or “Colour-blind friendly”)
  • Modify the point size (useful when you wish to plot a large number of studies on a single traffic light plot)
  • Modify the text size.

Once you are happy with the plot, you can download it by selecting the required format (.png, .jpg,.tiff, .eps) and clicking the “Download plot” button. Note, if you do not first select a format, you will get a download error.

10.6.3 Summary plot

Clicking on the third tab will bring you to the screen displayed below.

This menu acts as a graphical interface for the rob_summary() function:

  • Upload your risk of bias summary table by clicking “Browse…” and navigating to where you stored your CSV file.
  • Use the drop-down box to select the tool used to perform your risk of bias assessments.

The basic weighted summary barplot should now appear on the right hand side of the window.

You can customize the plot using the following options:

  • Choose whether or not to use weights when creating the figure
  • Include an additional bar representing distribution of overall risk of bias judgments
  • Select the colour scheme you wish to use (either “Cochrane” or “Colour-blind friendly”)

As with the traffic light plot tab, you can download your plot by selecting the required format and clicking the “Download plot” button.



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