Retrieving from the database

Retrieving data from the Results table of the database is typically done for one of two purposes:

  1. To calculate as-yet uncalculated entries to be stored back into the database, and

  2. To analyze already-computed data stored in the database in Matlab.

The function SQL_retrieve performs both of these functions, using different inputs. Here we describe the use of the SQL_retrieve function for the purposes of populating uncalculated (NULL) entries in the Results table of the database in Matlab.

For calculating missing entries in the database, SQL_retrieve can be run as follows:

SQL_retrieve(ts_ids, op_ids, 'null');

The third input, 'null', retrieves ts_ids and op_ids from the sets provided that contain (as-yet) uncalculated (i.e., NULL) elements in the database; these can then be calculated and stored back in the database. An example usage is given below:

SQL_retrieve(1:5, 'all', 'null');

Running this code will retrieve null (uncalculated) data from the database for time series with ts_ids between 1 and 5 (inclusive) and all operations in the database, keeping only the rows and columns of the resulting time series x operations matrix that contain NULLs.

When calculations are complete and one wishes to analyze all of the data stored in the database (not just NULL entries requiring computation), the third input should be set to ‘all’ to retrieve all entries in the Results table of the database, as described later.

SQL_retrieve writes to a local Matlab file, HCTSA.mat, that contains the data retrieved from the database.