The Report menu contains several commands that can help organizing the dataset records, searching for potential errors and producing attribute statistics.
The sub-menu Reports > List (...) allows listing all the corpus individuals by choosing the most pertinent ordering criterion. After giving the chosen command, Puck put in order all the dataset individuals and produces an exportable report. You can then save the results in a .txt or .xls formats file, by clicking on the "Save" button (bottom right-hand corner of the results window).
The command Report > Homonyms allows detecting and list individuals who carry the same name, or a part of it (e.g., the first name). A dialog window opens when executing the command, asking to specify :
- in the Name parts field, the number of words (separated by a "/" symbol) that Puck has to consider as pertinent for regrouping homonyms.
- in the Minimal Number of names field, the minimal number of individuals who share a given name (or name part) that Puck will list.
E.g., the individuals who share their first name can be found by setting Name parts on "1" ; if you are looking for individuals whose name is shared by more than five persons, set the Minimal number of names to "5".
By the submenu Report > Controls, PUCK allows finding quickly Special Features (possible errors) that could be contained in the dataset (including input derived ones). The commands appearing in the submenu allow choosing the most appropriate errors and report it. The following list resumes the types of errors that PUCK recognises :
- Same-Sex spouses
- Female Fathers or Male Mothers
- Multiple Fathers or Mothers
- ***Cyclic descent cases - individuals for whom a descendant is, at the same time, an ascendant
- Unknown sex persons
- Unknown Sex Parents or Spouses
- Nameless Persons
- Parent-child marriages
- Inconsistent Dates
- Missing Dates
The command Reports > Controls > Special Features produces a full report of all these possible errors. Some them (such as persons lacking name or gender, or marriages between same-sex spouses or between parents and children) may actually be correct and wanted (depending from the fields and the sources), but they often are due to simple mistakes introduced during the data input. Puck indicates them in order to facilitate the researcher to check the dataset, but never automatically “corrects” possible mistakes.
When executing the command Reports > Controls > Special Features, a dialog window automatically opens. There, it is possible to define which kind of potential errors you want Puck to check for.
Otherwise, it is possible to run a step-by-step check-up, by selecting a single special feature in the submenu.
Note : even if they are true representations of a real kinship network, some of these irregularities may hinder certain functions of Puck from working correctly, which should lead to a reconsideration of analytical methods. Some errors can even cause PUCK crashes (for instance, cyclic descent cases cause infinite loops) ; some others will lead to erroneous results (for instance, the presence of male mothers or female fathers causes calculation errors in the matrimonial census).
The command Reports > Attribute Statistics allows obtaining basic statistics concerning the distribution of attributes. By default, these are classed as Not-set, Set blank, Filled and Set. In the Report Window, PUCK counts all the Corpus, Individuals and Families attributes, and sorts them by label. The results are exportable in .txt or .xls formats by clicking on the "Save" button placed in the bottom right-hand corner of the window.