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Exercise 12. One example of complex compilation.

Updating catalogs is one of the most common routines of data management. Here is an artificial, rather complex example of compilation that combines merging catalogs and their updates.

Task: Make the project file for compilation of the catalog where the initial catalog reports magnitude m1, while the other five report the same kind of magnitude as m3. The resulting catalog should contain all earthquakes of magnitude m3 in the range from 3 to 4, which epicenters fall within the following limits of coordinates (inclusively): latitude from 42 to 48 and longitude from 6 to 12.
The project must include the following tasks:
1. Convert magnitudes of the initial catalog.
2. Merge with other two catalogs from different sources.
3. Substitute with three catalogs from different sources.
4. Select subcatalog containing records within the prefixed ranges of coordinates and magnitudes.

1) Run CompiCat. Open the file ...\ecp\exercises\ex12initial.csf
2) Use Convert magnitudes tool to move m1 to m3. The tool window should have the following settings for Output magnitude m1 and m3, correspondingly:

3) Use Merge tool for merging the catalog with converted magnitudes and the two Catalog add-ins ...\ecp\exercises\ex12-merge-1.csf and ...\ecp\exercises\ex12-merge-2.csf The tool windows of Proximity limits and Catalogs should be set as follows:

4) Use Substitute tool for substituting the parts of the current catalog with data from the following three Catalog add-ins: ...\ecp\exercises\ex12-prepend.csf , ...\ecp\exercises\ex12-append-1.csf , and ...\ecp\exercises\ex12-append-2.csf. The tool window should appear as follows:

5) Use Select tool for searching the subcatalog of earthquakes, which epicenters have latitude from 42 to 48, longitude from 6 to 12, and which magnitude m3 is in the range from 3 to 4. The tool windows of Hypocenter and Magnitudes should appear as follows:

6) Create a project file for compilation of catalogues that combine the four tasks described above. Click New Project button on the top. In Parameters of Tasks frame choose Currently defined radio button; in Tasks frame choose Optional Tasks radio button; in Optional Tasks list choose tasks according to tasks of the project (these to appear in List of Tasks list on the right). As a result Project Wizard window should appear as follows:

7) Click Next-> button on this page and on all the following ones but Finish button on the last page. Project Wizard window will close and Main Central Window will appear with the following Protocol frame.

8) Click Save Project As button and save project file under the name ex12-project-compilation in the ...work directory.

9) Click Execute Project button and get the resulting subcatalog, which is created by executing all the four tasks of the project.
10) Save the result of requested compilation under the catalog name ex12-project-compilation in the ...work directory.

Nota bene: Any time a researcher runs CompiCat program he or she may wish saving protocol file by clicking Save Protocol As... button . This protocol file contains details of tasks carried out during the run of CompiCat, such as all parameters, lists of errors and duplicates, etc. The protocol files could be used in the future as the comprehensive reference of the catalog compilation. In case, of managing projects it is convenient to save Project and Protocol files using the same core name.


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