Compressing records is the process of combining like records according to a key you select. You compress records by selecting Compress records from the sort menu located on the main menu bar. The key you will select to compress the records on will strictly depend on the type of report you are trying to create. You will usually use compression when working with individual and game records that are loaded in memory. Compression is where the real power of BallStat shines.
To compress records in memory
1. Select Macros\Sort\Compress from the main menu.
2. Select the key you want to compress the records on.
After compressing data you will usually need to sort the records and make sure the appropriate stat title is in the report. After compressing data some stat titles will not be appropriate to have in your report. You will almost always want to sort the resulting report by player name after compressing data. Below are tips for meeting these requirements.
Key Required stat title... Titles that will be useless....
Game None None
Date Date Most non-numerical stats
Database Database Most non-numerical stats
Lineup Starting lineup Most non-numerical stats
Opposing pitcher Opposing pitcher Most non-numerical stats
Location Game location Most non-numerical stats
Batting order position BOP Most non-numerical stats
Opponent Game opponent Most non-numerical stats
Home\Away Place of game (H/A) Most non-numerical stats
Day\Night Time of game (D/N) Most non-numerical stats
Grass\Turf Surface type (G/T) Most non-numerical stats
Right\Left starter Opposing starter (R/L) Most non-numerical stats
R\L pitcher Opposing pitchers arm Most non-numerical stats
All player records None Most non-numerical stats