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Convert Data Panel

Once the desired data is properly selected, click the ‘Move’ button from the toolbar and give your data set a name.  The data now appears on the next panel labeled
‘Convert Data.’

Data-based rule creation can be repeated on the same data set. For example, we may want to be able to add the protein IDs to the selection of amino acid sequences that we showed above. To do this, after sending the amino acid sequences to the Convert Data panel we can return to the Input Data page by clicking the Input Data Tab, pressing the Clear button to remove the previous rule, and then perform a line restriction and field selection on the ‘protein_id=” lines. This new data set would also be sent to the Convert Data page using the Move button. These two data sets can then be merged using the tools available on the Convert Data panel. Naming the data sets meaningfully will make the data extraction and conversion process more manageable.

1. The GUI of Convert Data Panel

The Convert Data Panel toolbar consists of 10 tools:

Back : This tool allows you to make changes to the Data-based rules that have been created. To use this tool, first select the rule you wish to make changes to by clicking on the rule number in the left side panel and then clicking on the ‘Back’ button in the toolbar. You will be asked if you wish to overwrite the rule, click ‘Yes’. This will send you back to the Input Data Panel where you can modify this rule and its resultant data. Note that this tool can only be used on rules that were originally created in the Input Data Panel and not on the Rule-Dependant Rules that you create in the Convert Data Panel.

Delete : This tool will delete a rule. To delete a rule click the ‘Delete’ button, you will then be given a selection of which rule to delete. Make your selection from the list provided and click ‘OK’.

Insert : This tool will insert (create) a new rule based on the resultant data of other rules (Rule-Based Rule). When clicking the ‘Insert’ button you will be given a list of different rule types (9 of them as of the current revision of this tutorial). Choose the type of new rule you wish to create and click ‘OK’. An explanation of each of these rules will be given in the next section.

Up : This tool will move a selected rule up in the order in which it is displayed in the panel. Select the rule you wish you move up and click the ‘Up’ button.

Down : This tool will move a selected rule down in the order in which it is displayed in the panel. Select the rule you wish you move down and click the ‘Down’ button.

Unwrap : As a default, Vect will wrap data in the panel that would otherwise extend past the right edge of the panel. To allow the text of very long lines to remain on one line and extend their full length, click the ‘Unwrap’ button.

Wrap : This tool will wrap text of long lines that have previously been wrapped by the Unwrap button.

Fold : You will see colored arrows (green, yellow and/or red) in the column to the left of the panel. The color of the arrow indicates how much of the data from that rule is being shown. By clicking an arrow you can change the related amount of data that is being shown in the panel, and consequently its color.

A green arrow indicates that the data from the rule has been collapsed to only show the first line of this rule’s data (to reduce the space it takes up on the panel).

A yellow arrow indicates that the first 5 lines of the data are being shown in the panel.

A red arrow indicates that all data produced by that rule is being shown in the panel.

By clicking the ‘Fold’ button you will put each of the rules into the collapsed (green arrow) condition. Note that this only changes how the data is displayed and does not change what data is contained in the rule. The data you don’t see is still there, it is only hidden to make it more manageable.

Sort : The rules created in the Convert Data Panel depend on other rules for their data. By clicking the ‘Sort’ button you will sort all of the rules in the panel according to their dependencies.

Copy : This tool sends the resultant data of a selected rule to the Output Data Panel. If you wish to send the data of several rules to the Output Data Panel, this can be done by returning to the Convert Data Panel several times and clicking the ‘Copy’ button for each rule.

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