1. Naming Files and Time Periods

File Names

    File names must conform to the 8.3 standard of naming files. The Observer program will creates a *.ODF file, ( * = 8, ODF = 3), for each section of tape that is viewed. An *.ODF file is the record of the behaviors that occur during the time period under study.

    The Observer creates 2 other files from the *.ODF file. These files *.INF and *.SYS are used to create the report. The report gives you a summery of the data that was collected in the *.ODF file.

TEST.SYS is a 4.3 file name. TEST has 4 characters, SYS has 3 characters.

12345678.*

Space Use
1 Study Name
2 Study Information
3 Study Information
4 Study Information
5 Study Information
6 Study Information
7 Period Classification
Space Use
1 Study Name
2 Study Information
3 Study Information
4 Study Information
5 Study Information
6 Study Information
7 Period Classification
8 Reserved *

Example

Space Use
1 Study Name
2
3
4
5
6
7 Period Classification
8 Reserved *

Time Period classification for a 24 HR study

Hour

Period Classification

0-4

A

4-8

B

8-12

C

12-16

D

16-20

E

20-24

F

* Reserved space in the naming system is used in the event of a broken time period and system errors. For example 123456E.ODF and 123456E1.ODF are both files that cover the time period 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. For some reason two files needed to be collected to obtain the data recorded during this time period.

    If the methods described are followed then the data collection process will proceed nicely. Files are easily found and life is good.

    If for some reason this format is violated then data analysis become more difficult. It is much more difficult to find what data has been collected and to get the data into a form that is usable.


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