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12 - Working with Search Totals

As you assign patterns to a search and review their appearance in the results, it can be useful to know how frequently each pattern appears, and in which staves. MelodicMatch generates a comprehensive set of Search Totals that make this information available.

If you don't already have a search window open, open and run either of the searches discussed in the Working with Display Groups topic. The results from this search will form the basis of this discussion.

On the File menu, click Search Totals. In the tree view that appears to the left of the dialog, expand the filename node if necessary and click the "Violin 1" part. The dialog box should now resemble Figure 1.

Figure 1

The contents of this dialog are largely self-explanatory. The tree on the left allows you to navigate the search results and shows how many results were found in each staff, file and folder. As you select items in the tree, the list of patterns on the right shows how many results from each pattern were found in the selected staff, file or folder.

When you select a staff name in the tree, the pattern list also shows the percentage of the staff occupied by instances of each pattern.

The Search Totals dialog calculates its totals according to the active relationships in a search. If one or more relationships are active, only the patterns in these relationships will appear in the pattern list. As a pattern can belong to more than one relationship, the totals shown for the pattern can change based on the relationships that are active when the Search Totals dialog is invoked. (Results from the same pattern may appear more frequently in some relationships than in others, and the Search Totals will reflect this.)

The Search Totals dialog does not show patterns that are excluded.

You can export the totals to a CSV file. These files can be loaded into spreadsheet programs for further processing if desired.

This tutorial continues with Creating a Search Group.



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