Cache Cluster Analyzer
version 2
For Windows XP, Vista, Win7, Win8

03/16/2014
Click Here To Download The Program

This free utility locates clusters (groups) of caches close together
 



This setting examined a file of 500 caches for clusters
ranging from .2 miles to 5 miles across and listed all results

For circles/clusters .4, .5 & .6 miles in diameter (.2, .25, & .3 miles from the center)  the
best clusters are centered around Knothole Cache.  The best cluster that is  .7 miles across
has 8 caches and is centered around the Bosun's Cane Cache

How To Use This Utility

Obtain a .gpx or .loc file containing caches that meet your criteria -- for example, assume you are only interested in traditional, multi and letterbox caches in small or regular size containers that are within 50 miles of your home.  You can collect such a set of caches using pocket queries (if you're a paying member), or by using the search feature on this page (click here) of the geocaching.com website.  If you use the second method the caches will have to be downloaded as several files which you will have to combine into one file.  You can combine them using using my EZCompanion utility (click here), or the GSAK program.  Don't put .loc files in EasyGPS and then save them again.  EasyGPS uses a non-standard .loc file format.  If you use EasyGPS, save your cache file in .gpx format and it will work fine.

If the same cache is the center of the best cluster of another diameter circle it will be listed again.  For example, if Come Peek in Jane's Gazebo is the best cache in a one mile circle, and also in a two mile circle and again in a five mile circle it will be listed three times, because each circle/span is analyzed independently.  To avoid this duplication, you can check a box in Preferences to list only unique caches.  With this box checked will not repeat the same cache, even if that cache is by far the best cluster in the five mile circle.  However, it may just move over to a cache 500 feet away because it's near Jane's Gazebo and thus near the center of the best cluster.

To use the program you select the settings you want to use, then go to the File menu and select a file containing a set of caches you want to analyze.  Click OK and the program will begin searching for clusters with the largest number of caches near each other.

After it finishes searching and the best clusters have been listed, you can show a map of any cluster in the list by Double-Clicking on the cluster or by selecting the cluster and clicking the Button Map This Cache.  Note:  You must be connected to the internet for this mapping feature to work.

If you find the program useful please drop me a line.
If I know people are  using it I'm more likely to add features.
You will find my address in the program's Help menu.

My Beginner's Guide to Geocaching is Here
and
Here are my other geocaching utilities

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