The principal mechanisms for
editing and manipulating datasets are the data editor and matrix editor.
Using these editors the input of data and matrices for analysis by SHAZAM
is made considerably simpler. For example, in all other versions of SHAZAM
it is necessary to use the commands READ, SAMPLE,
SORT and GENR
for all data manipulation. In most circumstances the features in this
edition provide an easier alternative to using these commands.
Datasets saved in either editor are in
SHAZAM readable format and those added to a project may be set for
automatic input when commands are read in using the command editor.
Datasets or matrices may be edited using
in-cell editing and variables may be easily generated using the GENR
button on the data editor toolbar. The data editor supports variable
creation and deletion, row, column and cell insertion and deletion similar
to spreadsheet style data grids. Using the ‘Open’ option on the
‘File’ menu opens SHAZAM datasets as well as tab, space or comma
delimited datasets directly into the data editor. Most other datasources
can be connected to using the Advanced Data Connector.
NB Datasets constructed using the command WRITE
are automatically added to the current (or default) project.