Data Locations

The Data Locations section of the Preferences dialog lets you tell SEER*Stat where to find the databases to list on the Data tab.

There are two types of data locations: server and local. You can use both types simultaneously; SEER*Stat will decide whether to act in client-server or local mode when you choose a database for your session.

Adding a Server Data Location

A server data location is the address of a dedicated computer that stores databases and can perform SEER*Stat analyses. SEER*Stat will log in to any active server locations when you open a new session. You can log in to more than one server (you will be prompted for a username and password for each separately), but all active servers must support the version of SEER*Stat that you are running.

To add a server data location, follow these steps.

  1. Click Add Server.

  2. Type the address of the server in the Hostname field. The hostname of the public SEER*Stat server is "seerstat.cancer.gov"; this is the name you should use unless instructed otherwise by a SEER*Stat administrator.

  3. Type the port number in the Port field. Use ports 2038 or 2039 unless instructed otherwise by a SEER*Stat administrator. If you don't specify a port number, port 2038 will be used by default.

  4. Click OK. SEER*Stat will warn you if there is a server version mismatch. If not, your new data location will be added to the list. By default, it will be at the bottom of the list, and will be active. To move or deactivate it, follow the instructions below on changing the available data locations.

Adding a Local Data Location

A local data location is the address of a directory on your computer or local network in which SEER*Stat databases are stored. You will need to set up a local data location if you are using your own data or using the databases on the SEER*Stat CD-ROM. SEER*Prep may add a local data location automatically when it creates a database, depending on the version you are using.

To add a local data location, follow these steps.

  1. Click Add Local.

  2. Using the + symbols to open directories, navigate to the place where SEER*Stat databases are stored on your computer or local network.

  3. Click OK. Your new data location will be added to the list. By default, it will be at the bottom of the list, and will be active. To move or deactivate it, follow the instructions below on changing the available data locations.

Changing the Available Data Locations

Each data location has a checkbox to its left. When this box is marked, that data location will be active: that is, SEER*Stat will list the databases in that location on the Data tab.

If you want to stop using a location, it is recommended that you simply deactivate it by clearing its checkbox. You can easily reactivate it later by marking the checkbox again. However, if you want to delete the location from the Preferences dialog completely, you can highlight it and click Remove.

Databases on the Data tab will be listed by data location, in the same order as the data locations here. (That is, all the databases in your topmost data location will be listed first, followed by all the databases in your second data location, etc.) In the event that databases with the same name are listed in more than one data location, the one in the topmost location will be used. To change the order of the locations, highlight a data location in the list, then click Up or Dwn (down).

You cannot change the availability of data locations while a session or matrix window is open.