ARM Frequently Asked Questions: Managing Trials
We know of a few clients who are entering data onto ARM Rating Shells on an iPad, using either Numbers or Documents to Go to edit the Excel rating shell.
Here is the process with Numbers app:
In ARM, push trial to Excel rating shell in the rating shell folder on PC.
Drag Excel rating shell to Numbers app in iTunes on PC.
Enter ratings into Numbers app on iPad.
After reconnecting iPad to iTunes, then drag updated rating shell from iTunes to rating shell folder on PC.
In ARM, pull Excel rating shell into trial.
GDM provides free support for step 1 and step 5 of this process only.
We do not plan to write an iPad or iPhone app. Our concerns are:
- Longevity of the unit considering the typical researcher’s environment of "extreme" (for computers) hot or cold temperatures, dust, rain, and other "water/weather hazards".
- Adequate screen readability in direct (and sometimes very hot) sunlight.
- Screen life when using a rather delicate indoor quality device outdoors, especially for "dirty hands" assessments. (Rub mud or fine soil dust on a piece of clear plastic, then wipe off the mud/dust and notice all the grit scratches on the plastic.)
- Define a mapped drive for the network share folder, with the main folder named "ARM Data."
- Create subfolders below "ARM Data" for each study year.
- *In Windows Explorer, right-click on ARM Data and select "Always available offline."
- In ARM, select Tools - Options, and then select the File tab (below).
- Set "Study data" to the network share, pointing to the subfolder for the current years' trials.
- Select the "Set as default" check box below Study data as well.
- Select the "Print same as Study data" check box below the Print option, so reports are saved on the network share with ARM protocols and trials.
The ARM Action Codes field (previously named "PRM Data Type" in PRM) identifies special actions you want ARM to perform (for example, AUDPC), or to identify actions that ARM has performed (for example, TS).
Examples of ARM Action Codes are:
- Data Limits - enter a type code recognized by ARM to use in limiting data to a certain range. For example, P = 0 to 100.
- Non-Analyzable Data - identify treatments, replicates, or columns to exclude from the analysis on Summary reports.
- Automatic Calculations - enter an automatic calculation code such as APC for automatic percent calculation on a summary (APC = Automatic Percent Control).
- Special Formatting - format assessments as calendar dates.
- Mean Separations Test - identify a mean separation test to use per data column on a Standard Summary. For example, K05 for Tukey's at 5%.
- Transformation - identify a special transformation function such as @TTAB to calculated Abbots (percent of check) from treatment means in data column one from. For transformations created from the Transform dialog in ARM, this column identifies the data transformation used to create a calculated data column. For example, TAB if created from Abbott's transformation applied to data column 1, or T2 for user-defined transformation equation number 2.
The optional Treatment Ingredient dialog displays any ingredient information that is entered in the F9 validation list for treatment name. The ingredient dialog can also be used to calculate a pre-mix rate that contains a specified quantity of an ingredient.
If the Ingredient dialog is not visible in the treatment editor, display the Treatment View Options dialog by selecting Tools from the ARM menu bar, then Options and click Treatment View tab. Deselect the check mark for the “Hide ingredients dialog” option. The treatment view options also controls other settings related to the treatment editor window.
The treatment ingredient dialog displays “No ingredient information” when the cursor is positioned on a treatment line for which it is not possible to obtain ingredient information from the treatment name F9 validation list. (The treatment name field is called Entry Name, Product Name, Practice/Product, or Entry/Trt. Description on some study definitions.)
Ingredient information is entered in the comment section of the treatment name validation list. Position the cursor in the treatment name field and press F9. Any ingredient information is listed at the right side of the validation list dialog following the entries for treatment name, formulation concentration, etc.
The comment must be formatted correctly for pre-mix ingredient information (names + concentrations) to list it as an ingredient on the treatment ingredient dialog.
Items in each ingredient comment section are separated by a plus sign "+". ARM will assume that a comment in a chemical dictionary is the ingredient listing for a pre-mix if the comment is formatted as:
First ingredient name+Second ingredient name|Amount+Amount
For more details on validation list formatting, please refer to the ARM help topic "Validation List Item Format".
Assessment data columns may be hidden because you have defined a restricted plot data view. Using the Plot Data view dialog on the Options dialog, (Tools, Options, Plot Data View), ARM can hide original or calculated data columns, or hide all columns that do not contain specified data header entries. Once a restricted view is defined, it can be cleared by quitting and restarting ARM or by selecting column choices of Both and clicking the Clear button below the Match column.
The disappearance of data or other screen elements (messages, headings, editors, etc.) can also be a caused by changing color settings for various screen elements in display options. If the fore color or back color are set to the same colors for a screen element or elements, text or screen elements appear to disappear when viewed.
On the ARM menu bar, select Tools then Options, and click the Display tab to view the attributes set for screen elements. Click the Help button (or press the F1 key) shown in the Display Options dialog window for a detailed description of the options available. Any changes you make for Display Options will not take effect until open study editors are refreshed or "reopened". We suggest changing these options before opening a protocol or trial.
Check whether the back color for editors is set to the same color as the text. If you cannot read "Sample" in the frame below Screen Element, then change the color in back color to a color that shows the text.
Tip: Rate Unit Shortcut - A one or two character rate unit code can be entered into the rate unit field instead of typing the entire unit or selecting a unit from the F9 validation list. The supported rate unit codes are displayed in the F9 validation list for the rate unit field, such as the letter “A” for “KG A/HA” (or “LB A/A” with US treatment units). ARM accepts a rate unit code in either the primary rate field (typically called either Dosage Unit or Rate Unit) or the alternative rate field (typically called Other Rate Unit, Transformed Rate Unit, or Product Rate Unit).
Tip: Use the quotation " key to duplicate the entire treatment line from the above entry line. Use the apostrophe ' key to duplicate the corresponding field (column) entry from above.
Tip: Use the Shift+Down Arrow while cursor is in the Treatment Number field to select the entire row, or click the right mouse button and select Copy Current Treatment line.
Tip: When entering multi-column data, you can change the cursor order to advance across columns (plot to the right rather than plot below) using the Plot Data View feature.
For example, if you want to enter new data in columns 8, 9, and 10:
- Open the plot data editor and place your cursor in data column 8.
- Select Tools from the menu bar, select Options, and click Plot Data View tab.
- Change the cursor order option (lower left section of dialog window) to Across Columns Within Plot and enter 3 for the number of columns.
- Be sure to click OK to save the changes.
- Enter your first assessment in column 8. When you press enter, the cursor will advance to column 9, and again to column 10.
- Pressing enter in column 10 advances to the line below and places the cursor in column 8.