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!YAADA Data Import

These instructions are for importing data to YAADA v2.10

All the input data used in YAADA are in formatted text files.
Together these are the 'raw' data. These files have the extensions

SEF - particle data collected in 'fast scatter' mode
SEM - missed particle data
SET - hit particle data
PKL - peak list of hit particle spectra
INST - instrument operating conditions

SEF, SEM, and SET files are created by the TSI data acquisition
software. SEF files are usually not present since these are only
created in 'fast scatter' mode. PKL files are created from the
aerosol mass spectral data (AMZ files) using the TSI MS-Control
software; instructions to create PKL files are in an appendix in the
TSI manual.

INST files describe the instrument conditions, and you need to make
this text file yourself. There is an example in the doc directory.
The lines in the INST file are the text fields are for your use to
keep track of the experiment, instrument conditions, etc, so you can
write what you want; YAADA only needs that some of these not include
any spaces (described in the documentation). The InstCode is a 3
upper case letter code (e.g. XXX) that you choose. This is only
important if you work with more than one ATOFMS. The BusyTimeParam
and DaCalibParam need to be changed for your instrument, if you want
to get correct results. When data are imported DaCalibParam is used
to convert TOF time to Da, you need to put the results from the
calibrations that you've done into these parameters. You don't need
BusyTimeParam to be correct initially. Another critical parameter in
INST is the Da calibration function name. This has to match the

Raw data files (SEF, SEM, SET, PKL, and INST) should be stored in the
c:\data\project\raw director. All the files in this directory and its
subdirectories will be digested and imported into the YAADA database.
Raw data files can be organized into subdirectories for convenience;
for example by day with subdirectories named like
c:\data\project\raw\20080112, or by particle size calibration.

Raw data directories can contain one instrument file for the entire
directory, or one instrument file for each PKL file. If there is one
instrument file in a directory, these data are copied to every PK2
file and the base file name is arbitrary. If there one instrument
file for each PKL, the base file name must match the PKL base file

I prefer to keep my files in a home directory like c:\Users\jallen1
(this is similar to where unix and Vista put user files). This makes
working on multiple projects and multiple databases convenient. You
could use the default directories, e.g. C:\Documents and
Settings\jallen1\My Documents. Following unix, I'll abbreviate the
home directory '~'.

For each project or dataset make a separate subdirectory from the home
directory, ~/project. Copy these files from the YAADA directory to
~/project: init.m, copyright.m license.txt opendb.m startup.m. Then
create ~/project/matlab for your project-specific Matlab programs.
You can also create ~/project/plot and subdirectories to keep your
results organized. There is some overlap here between the
data/project/plot and ~/project/plot directories; I use the former for
generic plot of the complete dataset and the latter for research
project specific plots.

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