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Paw labeling tool


Paw Labeling is a tool to process veterinary pressure measurements. It can currently import RSscan, Zebris and Tekscan entire plate export-files.

It loads your export files, tracks them for contacts and lets you manually label them (Left Front, LF; Left Hind, LH; Right Front, RF; Right Hind, RH).

After the labeling has been saved, you can analyse the data by switching to the Analysis tab. The current version displays:

  • an image of the maximal pressure for each sensor for the average of all contacts for each paw;
  • graphs of the pressure over time with an average + std's and one highlighted contact;
  • graphs of the force over time with an average + std's and one highlighted contact;
  • an image of the maximal pressure with the COP.

There's a slider for the results which allows you to make the average results roll off or scroll a line along the graphs.


  • Add subjects to a PyTables database
  • Load measurements and track where the paws have made contact
  • Enable manual labeling of the contacts with their respective paw and saving of the results for later use
  • Analysis of the average results or individual contacts




2D View






Requires Python 2 (2.6 or newer), Python 3 is not supported because of the lack of OpenCV wrappers.

I strongly recommend that you consider installing Python packages with pip, as in it is the current preferred method. If you are using pip, you can directly install all the dependencies from the requirements file using pip install -r requirements.txt

Alternatively, you can download a package manager like Anaconda or a scientific distribution like Python(x,y). This is especially recommendable if you're not used to using Python and are a Windows user. Please check whether you're using 32 or 64 bit Python, because you'll have to download the respective library versions. I recommend using 64 bit Python where possible, since the application at times uses lots of memory.

In any case, you need to install:

  • OpenCV
  • PySide
  • PyPubsub (note that version 3.2 seems broken at the moment)
  • Numpy (included in Acaconda)
  • Scipy (included in Acaconda)
  • PyTables (included in Anaconda)
  • Nose (for testing only, included in Anaconda)


1. Edit settings/settings.ini for your system

Apply the following changes:

  • Change measurment_folder to the folder containing all your measurements organized as described above.
  • Change the database_folder to the folder where you want your PyTables database to be stored.
  • Set your plate to your specific brand and model, if your brand is not supported, please contact me.
  • Change the main_window_height and main_window_width depending on your screen resolution and change the degree of interpolation if the images don't fit your screen.
  • Adjust the keyboard shortcuts in case you lack a keypad (for example on a laptop)

2. Run to start the tool

Create a new subject, create a session (like 'walking' or 'trotting'), add all the relevant measurements to it. This will also track for contacts and mark any incomplete steps as Invalid if they touch the edges of the plate or if they were not finished before the end of the measurement. You can now switch to the Processing tab for labeling your paws.

3. Label all your contacts

Use the keypad to label the currently selected paw (highlighted in yellow):

7	9		LF	RF	
1	3		LH	RH

You can switch the currently selected contact by pressing 4 or 6. Remove a label using 5, undo the previous label using Ctrl+Z and mark a contact as invalid by pressing Del.

4. Save your results

After you've labeled all contacts, press Ctrl+S to save your results. Now you can select the next measurement for labeling. It will automatically load the previous results, so they can aid you while labeling.

5. Analyse your results

When you've saved the labels for several measurements you can switch to the Analysis mode (click the tab at the top) and start looking at your results. Averages for each paw are calculated automatically.


Post bugs and issues on github. Send other comments to Ivo Flipse: first last at geemail dotcom or @ivoflipse5


Tool for processing and analyzing pressure measurements







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