Quick Start

20 minutes

Our deadline is approaching quickly, so we need to put a rush on this project. Luckily, our engineers have already collected the data and written the analysis scripts. It’s up to you to run the analysis and get back to us with the results ASAP!

Click here to download the project resource.

Organizing Your Project

The first thing we need to do is organize our project. Thot uses a tree structure to organize your projects, giving your project different levels. The top level should be the most important grouping to you, becoming less important as you move down the tree.

For this project the most important thing we need to test is which recipe is quieter, so our top level grouping will be the recipes. Unfortunately, testing underwater fireworks happens to be quite expensive, so we will only be able to make two batches for each recipe. The batches will be our second level. This gives us the tree below.

Fireworks tree structure

Fig. 1 Project tree for the silent fireworks test.

Creating a New Project

Our researchers have already recorded the data and written the analysis scripts and for us, so all we need to do is create a Thot project for our experiments and run the analysis.

Because of our short time frame to get this analysis done, we’ll build this project quick and dirty, using the most used features of Thot.

Setting Up Your Project Tree

After installing the Thot Desktop app, run it. A folder browser will appear titled Select Project Root. This will set the root (top level) of our project.

Select project root dialog.

Fig. 2 Select Project Root dialog.

Navigate to the data folder of the project folder you downloaded and click Open. An alert titled Initialize Thot Container will appear stating that the selected folder is not a Thot Contiainer, and asking if we would like to make it one. Click Yes.

Initializing a folder as a Container.

Fig. 3 Initializing the root Container.

This will open a Container Properties dialog where we can set the properties of our root Container. Enter the following information (leaving the rest blank), then click the Submit button.


Silent Fireworks




Determining whether recipe A or B is quieter.

Container Properties dialog.

Fig. 4 Container Properties dialog.

Great! We just made our first Container. What do Containers do? Well, they Contain things. Namely, they can contain other Containers, Assets, and Script Associations. We’ll get to the Assets and Script Associations later on.

Now that we’ve created and selected our root Container, the main workspace of Thot Desktop is available. You’ll notice there are two main views available at the top of the workspace:

  • Project: Gives a visual representation of our project.

  • File Tree: Shows the directory structure and files of our project.

Thot Desktop Project view.

Fig. 5 Project view.

In this tutorial we will only use the Project view. Let’s make the project tree now.

From the Project view, click the plus icon of the Silent Fireworks Container. This opens the Container Properties dialog for the child to be added.


Recipe A



We’ll also add metadata to this Container. This allows us to attach metadata to our data. Child Containers inherit the metadata from their ancestors, but can overwrite it by declaring a new value with the same name.

To add metadata click on the Add Metadata button and enter the following metadata.







On to the batches. Create a child Container of Recipe A with the following information:


Batch 1




batch (number): 1

The notation for the metadata is of the form Name (Type): Value.

Batch 1 Container example.

Fig. 6 Batch 1 Container.

Repeat this for Batch 2.


Batch 2




batch (number): 2

Great! We’ve now created our Recipe A branch.

Recipe B will have the exact same structure with only the name of the recipe Container changed. Let’s saves ourselves some work by duplicating the Recipe A tree and changing the required information.

Right click on the Recipe A Container and select Duplicate tree.

Duplicate tree.

Fig. 7 Duplicate tree.

Click on the pen icon of the Recipe A (copy) Container to open its editor and change its name to Recipe B.

Complete tree structure.

Fig. 8 Complete tree structure.

Great! Our project’s structure is now complete, and we can start adding data to it.

Adding Data to Your Project

Now that we have our tree, we can add data. Most often data is added to the lowest level Containers in our project because these are the things we actually run experiments on. In Thot, any data file we want to analyze – CSV, text, images, binary, anything – is called an Asset.

We want to add our Assets to the batches. Let’s preview the project’s Assets by clicking on the dropdown menu in the upper left of the workspace where it says -None- and select Assets.

Project view Assets preview.

Fig. 9 Project view Assets preview.

Now open a file explorer and navigate to the project’s data folder. Drag and drop the data for each of the batches on to the respective container. (e.g. Drop a1-data.csv on the Recipe A > Batch 1 Container.) You’ll see the Assets appear in the preview as you add them.

Bulk Editing

Let’s edit the names of Assets to make them more descriptive. Ctrl (Cmd) + click on each of them. This opens the Bulk Editing menu. Using this same technique you can select multiple Containers as well, or a mix of Containers and Assets.

Bulk edit menu.

Fig. 10 Bulk edit menu.

Click the Properties item in the Bulk Edit menu and set the name of all of the Assets to Noise Data.

Project with all the Assets added.

Fig. 11 Project with all the Assets added.

Wonderful! We’ve now created our project structure and added our data. Next we’ll look at how to analyze the data using Thot Scripts.

Analyzing the Data

Analysis of a Thot project starts at the bottom most level of the project tree and works its way up. Each Script can be thought of as a machine that takes Assets in and produces new Assets that can then be consumed by other Scripts. Our analysis scripts have already been implemented, so all we need to do is assign them to the correct Containers.


Thot exposes a simple interface that is meant to wrap around the actual analysis that you do in your scripts. We won’t cover how this works in this tutorial for the sake of time, so we encourage you to open the provided analysis files and take a look for yourself. The longest is 20 lines of code with comments explaining each line.

You can learn more in the Analyzing the Data chapter of the full tutorial, or in the Writing Scripts tutorial.

Let’s start by changing our preview mode (top left corner) to Scripts so we can verfiy our actions. Select all the Batch Containers and click on the Scripts item in the Bulk Editing menu. Click the Add Script button and add the analysis/noise_stats.py script. Repeat this adding the analysis/recipe_stats.py script to both recipe Containers, and the analysis/recipe_comparison.py script to the root Container, Silent Fireworks.

Script Associations.

Fig. 12 Script Associations.

We’re almost there now! Let’s change our preview back to Assets and click the Analyze button to run our analysis.


Running the analysis by pressing the Analyze button may give you an error. If this occurs please attempt to run the analysis from the command line.

To do this open up a terminal (Anaconda prompt on Windows) navigate to teh project root (data folder) and run thot run.

More information is available in the cli tab of this section.

Analyze button.

Fig. 13 Analyze button.

Once the analysis is complete you’ll seet he newly created Assets appear in the project tree. Which recipe is quieter? Open the Recipe Comparison Assets in the Silent Fireworks Container to find out. (No, you’re not seeing double, there are two of them. One is a CSV file and the other is a plot.) To preview an Asset, or a Script for that matter, Alt + click on it.

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