Every item of chromosomal data that you want in Genome Mate Pro needs to be imported from somewhere through the use of Import Templates. At the end of each import, a brief summary is shown that gives the user information about how well the import went.
Examples of the Import Summary window
But what does it all mean? I’ll explain the successful import first, and then look at the unsuccessful one and show you what to check for basic troubleshooting.
A Successful Import
Lets look at the individual steps involved, and explain the messages as well, just to be sure that we understand.
Here we have four messages
- Added : 2
- End Point Missing : 1
- Too few columns : 18
- Triangulation Added : 1
Because this match was not in my database already, “Added : 2” tells me that Genome Mate Pro has added this match as a relative, and added the chromosomal information as well.
As long as there is a value of 1 or higher next to “Added”, things have gone correctly with this import.
“Too few columns : 18” is the message that is most likely to trip up new users, as it is the one that most looks like an Error report. The number shown can vary, but usually not by much as the format of each import is typically the same. The log file tells us that these 18 problems relate to the lines that contain either nothing at all, or contains information that is not relevant to the chromosomal information. Although the line that includes the kit numbers is included in this category, Genome Mate Pro has been able to collect that information and use it as needed.
“Triangulation Added : 1” tells us that information has been added that relates to a triangulation. There should be a number here that equals the number of segments that you imported.
What happens though if you have multiple profiles in Genome Mate Pro and import the data for a second person? The import summary is almost the same. Just “1” next to added in this case because the relative is already in the database, but the other numbers are the same as before and refer to the same items as previously mentioned.
In the event that you forget that you’ve already got someone in your database and you import the information, your Import Summary will look something like this.
Instead of “Added : 1” we have “Duplicate : 1”, and instead of Triangulation Added, we have Triangulation Updated
This simply tells us that the information we imported was already there and that an update of the Triangulation data occurred.
An Unsuccessful Import
Another new match I want to import to my database, granted the chance of this person and I finding our connection point is slim, but their data might prove helpful in the long term, so I’d like to import it anyway.
End Point Missing and Too few columns are both ok as previously explained, but the first message of “< Minimum cMs : 1” is the problem. If I went to the Chromosome tab for chromosome 1, I would also not be able to see the match that I just imported.
Ok, so our only segment to import is causing this error.
Ahh – it seems I have set my minimum cMs level at 10cM and I am trying to import a segment of just 8.8 cM
I can also see though, that even if I drop the cMs level down to allow the segment to through, the import would still fail because the SNP level of my match is just 546 SNP and my minimum import level for that is 700SNP.
If I was determined to have this segment in my database, I would drop both of those import levels and repeat the import process.
The Log File is your friend. If in doubt about an Import Summary, save a screenshot of it, and save the log file (it gets cleared as soon as you start another import even if you don’t go ahead with it) and post in the Facebook Support Group and someone there should be able to help you.