109-9 Web-Based Statistical Tools and Data Visualization for the IPNI North American Soil Test Summary.
Poster Number 155-1207
Private and public soil test laboratories throughout North America submitted complete frequency distributions of soil test results for phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, magnesium, zinc, chloride and pH. These distributions are presented in the Summary in chart format, along with charts of median test values and changes in test values over time, for states and provinces.
A major advancement of the 2015 summary was the creation of the Soil Test Summary website and incorporation of Web-based statistical analyses using the R Statistical package. The Soil Test Summary website allows users to create their own queries using intuitive menus and an interactive map where users can select the states or regions they wish to view data for. The user’s query is then run on the web server and a statistical report is created using SQL database technology coupled with the R statistics program and the Google Charts chart creation engine.
The incorporation of R into the Soil Test Summary website means analyses can be performed in real-time using robust statistical analysis routines. These include analysis of fertility level distributions, median soil test values and trends over time for a state, region or a user-defined custom region.