nat: NeuroAnatomy Toolbox

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An R package for the (3D) visualisation and analysis of biological image data, especially tracings of single neurons. nat is the core package of a wider suite of neuroanatomy tools introduced at nat (and its ancestors) have been used in a number of papers from our group including:

Cell 2007 Cover CB 2010 Cover Food and Pheromone Integration Cell 2013 Abstract Neuron 2016

Quick Start

For the impatient ...

# install
# use

# plot some test data (?kcs20 for details)
# Drosophila Kenyon cells processed from raw data at
plot3d(kcs20, col=type)
# get help


A confirmed stable version of nat can be installed from CRAN.


However, **nat** remains under quite active development, so if you will be 
using **nat** extensively, we generally
recommend installing the latest development version directly from github using
the [devtools]( package.

# install devtools if required
if (!requireNamespace("devtools")) install.packages("devtools")
# then install nat


To get an idea of what nat can do:

When you're ready to learn more:


If you want some help using nat:

If you think that you have found a bug:

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nat documentation built on Aug. 25, 2023, 5:16 p.m.