SCRIPT menu

'Scripts' are pre-defined sequences of operations that simplify repetitive analysis.  They are most useful for processing large numbers of SIMILAR data files, and for saving standardized protocols for future use.  'Similar' files are files with identical numbers of channels and identical variable types in the respective channels.  If you attempt to use scripted operations on dissimilar files, the results will be unpredictable and probably undesirable, particularly if the 'Automatic run' option is used.   This is especially problematic if the 'save file' option is working and you overwrite and obliterate useful data.

Although most useful for processing large numbers of similarly formatted files, scripts can also be used to save standardized protocols for future use.  The operations in a script are those invoked from the EDIT and ANALYZE menus, such as lag correction, smoothing, gas conversions, basic statistics, etc.

To use a script, you must place it into the script handler.  There are two ways of doing this:

Once a script is loaded into the script handler, you can make small alterations using the VIEW SCRIPT window. 

Script operations are those normally invoked from the FILE, EDIT, and ANALYZE menus.  Most -- BUT NOT ALL -- of these operations are scriptable.   When editing or recording scripts, here are some other points to keep in mind:

After it is entered, a script is run from the RUN SCRIPT menu selection.  Unless stopped with the INTERRUPT SCRIPT button, it will proceed through the sequence of steps without pausing (except where user input is needed; i.e., to select baseline modes, remove spikes, etc.), and then halt.  When a new file is loaded the script automatically starts again.  LabAnalyst remembers most manipulation options, such as the number of smoothing steps, the channel used for setting flow rate, etc., so that once they are selected during the first script cycle, they automatically reappear during subsequent cycles.

For analysis operations, which involve selection of data blocks and other user input, a button ('Continue script; step x') appears in the upper right corner of the data plot.  When you have completed a particular analysis operation, click this button to proceed to the next step in the script.  You may select new blocks, copy files, save analysis results to files or printer, make graphical file images, etc., when a script is running -- but only during analysis steps.

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The SCRIPT menu selections are:

  •    RECORD A SCRIPT     Begins 'recording' subsequent manipulation and analysis operations.  A white-on-red edit field at the top of the plot area keeps track of the cumulative number of script steps (remember that the maximum is currently 40 steps). This is the easiest way to set up a complex script -- but it pays to think carefuly about the sequence of operations you need to accomplish before starting to record.

  •   HALT SCRIPT RECORDING...     Stops script recording.   To process additional files with the recorded sequence of operations, use one of the RUN SCRIPT and 'automatic run' commands, which will commence when the next file is loaded..

  •   LOAD SCRIPT     Loads a script from disk, but does not run it.  Note that the script file formats for older LabAnalyst versions are not compatible with those for LabAnalyst.

  •   VIEW SCRIPT...      This option opens the script editing window (example below), which contains a list of the sequence of operations in the script.  You can use the 'change…' button for each operation to make minor adjustments.   When 'change…' is clicked,a small window will open with the numeric parameters for that operation.   You can edit the 'a', 'b', or exponent values for numeric conversions, or change to a different channel.

  •   SAVE SCRIPT     Saves a script from memory to a disk file, with this icon (in OS X):

    Note that the script file formats for older LabAnalyst versions are not compatible with those for LabAnalyst.

  •    RUN SCRIPT [AUTOMATIC, ALL FILES]      Executes script instructions ('plays back' a script).   The script will begin immediately after RUN SCRIPT is selected; subsequently it runs immediately when new files are loaded.   In this mode, the script playback uses previously-stored parameters for transformations, etc.

  •    RUN SCRIPT [1st RUN MANUAL]      Executes script instructions ('plays back' a script).   The script will begin immediately after RUN SCRIPT is selected; subsequently it runs only when new files are loaded.   In this mode, during the first run, the user is prompted at step for the required parameters; for subsequent files, the operation is automatic as soon as a new file is loaded.   This mode is useful if you need to make adjustments to the stored script parameters.

  •    RUN SCRIPT [AUTOMATIC, ONE FILE]      Executes script instructions ('plays back' a script).   The script will begin immediately after RUN SCRIPT is selected.   However, the script will NOT run automatically when new files are loaded; instead, it will run after this menu option is selected.   This lets the user perform small alterations to the file (spike removal, smoothing, etc.) before the automatic script operations are started. In this mode, the script playback uses previously-stored parameters for transformations, etc.

  •   INTERRUPT SCRIPT     Halts script operations, but does not change the script itself.  If you interrupt a script and then restart it (with RUN SCRIPT), the scripting operations don't commence until a new file is loaded.

  •    CLEAR SCRIPT     Halts script operations and eliminates all script information from memory.  You will need to start scripting from scratch if this operation is used.

  •   QUIET SCRIPT RUNS     Turns off sounds during script operations.

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