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Background

The MDS(X) Project was originally funded (1974-1982) by the U.K. Social Science Research Council in conjunction with the Program Library Unit of the University of Edinburgh. It grew out of the frustration of a research group at Edinburgh University trying to work out the similarities and differences in programs coming from different sources particularly Bell Laboratories and University of Michigan (Guttman-Lingoes). The project was designed to:
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Collect MDS and related programs in common use or of particular interest

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rewrite the source-code up to Fortran77 specifications

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replace the common subroutines by numerically efficient versions

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provide a common instruction set for running programs

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produce a utility for producing measures from raw data for input into (any) multidimensional scaling programs.

For many years, a mainframe version was widely available, and maintained until recently by Manchester Information and Associated Services [ http://www.mimas.ac.uk/ ].
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An MD-DOS Version made the programs accessible to the PC user

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The current Windows version was developed by Alan Brier and Tony Coxon and is now the standard

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MAC machines [Wolfgang Otto: wotto@sozpsy.unizh.ch ]

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