SuperSTAR : Getting Started - SuperWEB2

This section describes how to get started with SuperWEB2. It shows you how to login to SuperWEB2 and start viewing and creating tables.

Step 1 - Login

SuperWEB2 is a browser based application. Your system administrator will provide you with a URL or link for your SuperWEB2 installation.

The first step is to click the link that has been provided to you, or open your web browser and enter the URL in the address bar.

SuperWEB2 displays the login page, which will look similar to the following (although your installation may have been branded and may therefore look slightly different to this example):

The SuperWEB2 login screen

If you have been given a username and password, enter the details and click Log in.

Register for an Account

If you do not have a username and password, you may be able to register for an account: if you can see a Register link, click this and follow the prompts to create a new account:

Register link on the login screen

Guest User Access

If you do not have a username and password, you may be able to login as a guest user: if you can see the Guest log in option, click this to use SuperWEB2 in guest mode:

Guest log in link on the login screen

Guest users cannot save tables, and may only have access to a subset of the datasets installed on the server.

If you do not see this option then this means your administrator has disabled guest access.

I Do Not Have a Username/Password

If neither option is available and do not have a username and password, contact your system administrator to obtain access.

I Am Unable To Login

SuperWEB2 displays an error message if you enter the wrong login credentials. If you do this more than a certain number of times, your account may become locked.

If this happens you may need to contact your system administrator to have your account unlocked (this depends on how your system has been configured; it is also possible that your account may become unlocked automatically after a short period of time).

Take the Tour

The first time you login to SuperWEB2, an interactive tour will display:

Introduction screen from the SuperWEB2 Tour

This shows you some of SuperWEB2's key features and explains how to open a dataset and build a table. If you want to view the tour again in the future, you can access it by selecting the Tour option from the menu in the top-right:

The Tour option on the SuperWEB2 menu

Step 2 - Select a Dataset

Once you have logged in, SuperWEB2 displays the catalogue of available datasets.

An annotated guide to the dataset catalogue

Use this screen to select the data you want to work with:


This list shows all the datasets that you have access to.

  • Click a dataset to select it. SuperWEB2 will show more information about it in the area on the right, as well as a list of any saved tables for this dataset.
  • Double-click a dataset to start creating a new table.

This list shows all the saved tables for the selected dataset.

The tables in the Private folder are accessible only to you. Other tables (either those you have previously created, or created by other users) may be accessible to other SuperWEB2 users, depending on how your administrator has set up the permissions.

Double-click any of the tables to open them, or click New Table to start with a new, blank table.

Default Table

(Only displayed if the dataset has a default table configured). Click to open the default table for the currently selected dataset.

Your administrator may have configured a default table for your datasets, and may also have designated some fields as "mandatory fields" that will be added to the table by default. Depending on the exact configuration, the default table may open automatically even when double-clicking to open the dataset.

New TableClick to open the currently selected dataset and start creating a new table.
Open TableClick to open the currently selected table.
DescriptionThis section shows more information about the currently selected dataset.

Use this to search across the saved tables and datasets.

If you hover the mouse pointer over a dataset or table in the list, SuperWEB2 will display a tool tip showing the full name. This can be particularly useful if you have saved tables with very long descriptive names.

Locate and open the dataset or table you want to work with.

The rest of this section uses examples from the sample Retail Banking dataset.

Step 3 - Build a Table

Once you have opened a dataset, SuperWEB2 displays the Table View, where you can build and modify tables.

If you decided to start creating a table from scratch, you will see an empty table:

Table View with an empty table

If you decided to start with a saved table, SuperWEB2 loads your table:

Table View with a pre-defined table

The section on the left shows a list of available fields and field values that you can add to the table.

This area does not display by default when you open a saved table. Click the arrow to show it:

Expanding the Customise Table pane

The area on the right is where your table displays. Unless you selected a saved table, this area will usually not contain any fields when you first open a dataset. The exception to this is if your administrator has configured mandatory fields or a default table, in which case these may be added to your table by default. You can add other fields to the table, but depending on how your system has been configured, you may or may not be able to remove the mandatory fields from the table.

To create or update a table, select the fields you want from the list and add them to either the table rows, columns, wafers, or filters. For example (using the sample Retail Banking dataset), suppose we want to create a table with Gender in the rows and Marital Status in the columns:

  1. Go to the tree on the left (click the arrow to expand the customise table panel if you do not see the tree). This is where you select the fields you want in your table. Items in the list have different icons depending on whether they are folders, fields or field items.
  2. If it is not already expanded, click the Customers folder to expand the list of available fields:
    Click the Customers folder to expan
  3. Click Gender to expand the list of values available for this field:
    Click Gender to expand the list of values
  4. Select the check boxes next to the values you want to add to the table, for example Male and Female:
    Selecting values by clicking the check boxes
  5. Click Row:

    Click the Row button to add the selected items to the table
    SuperWEB2 adds these values to the table:
    A table with the selected field items added

    When you add the first field values to the table, SuperWEB2 also adds the default summation, so that your table has something to measure. Typically the default summation will be something like a count. For Retail Banking the default summation option is to count the number of customers.

    Next we will add the Marital Status field to the column headings. This time, as an alternative to selecting the values we want, we will use a shortcut: you can quickly add all the available values in a particular field just by dragging and dropping.

  6. Click and drag the Marital Status field towards the table. As you start to do this, the Column, Row and Wafer options appear:

    Dragging the Marital Status item to the Column drop zone

    In this case we want to add this field to the columns. Drop the field onto Column.

    SuperWEB2 adds all the available values from Marital Status to the column headings:

    A table of Gender by Marital Status
  7. Click Retrieve Data to perform the cross tabulation:
    Click the Retrieve Data to run the cross tabulation

Step 4 - Modify the Table

Now that we have created a basic table, there are a number of changes we could make. The following are just some examples.

Remove Some Values

Suppose we have decided that we do not want to include all the values of the Marital Status field in the table. We can use the tree on the left to remove individual field values.

For example:

  1. Click the icon to expand Marital Status if it is not already expanded:
    Click the icon to expand Marital Status
    The field values that are currently in the table appear in bold and italics (in this case, all the values are in the table, because we used the drag and drop functionality to add them all):
    The field list showing items in bold that are already in the table
  2. Select the check boxes for the values you want to remove from the table (for example Unknown and Not Applicable), then click Remove.
    Clicking the Remove button at the top of the field list
    SuperWEB2 removes these values from the table.
  3. Click Retrieve Data again to repeat the cross tabulation:
    Clicking the Retrieve Data button to run the cross tabulation

Move a Field to a Different Axis

Suppose you want to swap the columns and rows. Simply drag and drop the field names from within the table.

For example:

  1. Drag and drop the Gender field name onto the column headings:
    Dragging the Gender field onto the columns
    This adds Gender to the column headings. As Marital Status was already in the column headings, it is nested beneath Gender:
    A table with Gender and Marital Status in the columns
  2. Now drag the Marital Status field name onto the rows:
    Dragging Marital Status onto the rows
    The table updates:
    A table with Gender in the columns and Marital Status in the rows

Remove a Field Entirely

The easiest way to remove an entire field from the table, is to drag and drop the field name onto the bin/trash icon:

Removing a field by dragging it to the Trashcan

SuperWEB2 removes the entire field from the table:

A table with Marital Status only

Use the Select All At Level Drop-Down List

Another way to add a field to a table is to use the Select all at level drop-down list to quickly select a large number of field values. This is particularly useful for hierarchical fields where you can choose to select all the items at a particular level in the hierarchy.

For example:

  1. Click the arrow to the right of the Area field:
    Clicking the arrow next to the Area field
    A drop-down list appears:
    A drop-down list showing the Select all at level options for the Area field
  2. Select State Suburbs from the drop-down list. SuperWEB2 will select all the available values at this level in the hierarchy:
    Selecting State Suburbs from the drop-down list
    If you expand the Area field you can see that SuperWEB2 has selected all the available values at this level in the hierarchy. At the top of the tree, SuperWEB2 also tells you how many items are currently selected (in this case, 203 items):
    The field list with Area expanded and all items below Sydney in the hierarchy selected
  3. Click Add to Column. SuperWEB2 adds all the selected values to the column headings:
    A table with State Suburbs populated with Sydney suburbs in the columns and Marital Status in the rows
  4. Click Retrieve Data to perform the cross tabulation:
    Selecting the Retrieve Data icon

Clear the Table and Start Again

To clear the table and start again:

  1. Click the Clear Table icon:

    Selecting the Clear Table icon

    SuperWEB2 will prompt you to confirm that you want to delete the table.

  2. Click OK:

    A dialog indicating that all unsaved table content will be lost, and the options OK and Cancel

    SuperWEB2 clears the table:

    Table View showing an empty table

Use Shift-Click to Quickly Select Multiple Field Values

Another way you can quickly select multiple field values is to use Shift-click. This will select a range of field values.

For example, suppose you want to add all values of the Age field from 18 to 45:

  1. In the tree, expand the Age field and select the first item in the range (in this case, 18):

    The Age field with the item 18 selected

  2. Hold down the Shift key and click the last item in the range (in this case, 45):

    The Age field with the item 18 selected and a mouse pointer hovering over the check box for the item 45

  3. SuperWEB2 automatically selects all the field values in between:

    The Age field with all values from 18 to 45 selected

  4. You can now click Add to Row or Add to Column to add the values to the table:

    A table containing the value 18 to 45 in the rows

Switch to a Different Table

If you want to open another saved table, you can do this from Table View. Click the Tables tab on the left:

Table View with the mouse pointer over the Tables tab

You can then either double-click the table you want or click once to select it and click Open Table.

Switch to a Different Dataset

If you decide you want to switch to work with a different dataset, click the Datasets link in the top left:

Table View with the mouse pointer hovering over the Datasets tab

The dataset name at the top of the screen is also a clickable link. You can use this to return to the dataset's info page on the catalogue screen. In addition, if you opened a saved table, the table name will be displayed in the top bar too; this is also a link back to the catalogue.

Switching to another dataset or table will clear the current table. If you think you might want to use the table you were working with again, you may wish to consider using the save table feature.

Next Steps...

This section has explained how to get started with SuperWEB2. Now that you know how to login and create a simple table, see the following sections to learn more about what else you can do:


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