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The filters you have selected from various query interfaces will be stored here, in the 'Filter Cart'. The database will be queried using filters added to your 'Filter Cart', when multiple filters are defined, each will be executed using 'AND' logic, so with each filter that is applied the result set gets smaller.

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Element NameData TypeSizeRequiredDescriptionValue RangeNotesAliases
subjectkeyGUIDRequiredThe NDAR Global Unique Identifier (GUID) for research subjectNDAR*
src_subject_idString20RequiredSubject ID how it's defined in lab/project
interview_dateDateRequiredDate on which the interview/genetic test/sampling/imaging/biospecimen was completed. MM/DD/YYYYRequired field
interview_ageIntegerRequiredAge in months at the time of the interview/test/sampling/imaging.0 :: 1260Age is rounded to chronological month. If the research participant is 15-days-old at time of interview, the appropriate value would be 0 months. If the participant is 16-days-old, the value would be 1 month.
genderString20RequiredSex of the subjectM;FM = Male; F = Female
timeptIntegerRecommendedTime Point888 = not applicable; 999 = missingaers_time
aerscoopFloatRecommendedAERS Cooperation AUTISM ENGAGEMENT RATING SCALE (AERS)1::3; 888; 9991 = refuses to participate in activity; 1.5 = limited participation in activity; 2 = partially participates in activity; 2.5 = frequently participates in activity; 3 = fully part.'s in activ.; may show enthusiasm for completing; 888 = Teacher did not demonstrate; 999 = missing
aersfuncFloatRecommendedAERS Functionality1::3; 888; 9991 = does not use objects appropriately; 1.5 = limited appropriate use of objects; 2 = demonstrates some appropriate use of objects; 2.5 = frequently uses objects appropriately; 3 = is successful in consistently using objects appropriately; 888 = Teacher did not demonstrate; 999 = missing
aersprodFloatRecommendedAERS Productivity1::3; 888; 9991 = does not lead to the targeted outcome; play/task not purposeful; 1.5 = limited progress is made toward targeted outcome; 2 = some progress is made toward targeted outcome; 2.5 = significant progress is made toward targeted outcome; 3 = targeted outcome is achieved. Play/task is completely purposeful; 888 = Teacher did not demonstrate; 999 = missing
aersindepFloatRecommendedAERS Independence1::3; 888; 9991 = does not complete task independently...; 1.5 = requires several prompts to complete tasks; 2 = may require some prompts to complete tasks; 2.5 = child requires minimal verbal/gestural prompts throughout activity; 3 = does not require either verbal/gestural prompts to complete; 888 = Teacher did not demonstrate; 999 = missing
aersconsisFloatRecommendedAERS Consistency1::3; 888; 9991 = objective for student is completely different from the class; 1.5 = student objective is mostly different from the class's; 2 = student objective is somewhat consistent with class; 2.5 = student objective is frequently consistent with class; 3 = student objective is same as the class; 888 = Teacher did not demonstrate; 999 = missing
aersattentFloatRecommendedAERS Attention1::3; 888; 9991 = is not attentive during the entire activity; 1.5 = limited attention to activities is shown; 2; = shows some attention to and interest in activity; 2.5 = is frequently attentive to activity; 3 = is fully attentive during entire activity; 888 = Teacher did not demonstrate; 999 = missing
aerstotalFloatRequiredAERS Total888 = Not applicable, 999 = missing
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This page displays the data structure defined for the measure identified in the title and structure short name. The table below displays a list of data elements in this structure (also called variables) and the following information:

  • Element Name: This is the standard element name
  • Data Type: Which type of data this element is, e.g. String, Float, File location.
  • Size: If applicable, the character limit of this element
  • Required: This column displays whether the element is Required for valid submissions, Recommended for valid submissions, Conditional on other elements, or Optional
  • Description: A basic description
  • Value Range: Which values can appear validly in this element (case sensitive for strings)
  • Notes: Expanded description or notes on coding of values
  • Aliases: A list of currently supported Aliases (alternate element names)
  • For valid elements with shared data, on the far left is a Filter button you can use to view a summary of shared data for that element and apply a query filter to your Cart based on selected value ranges

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  • Download a copy of this definition in CSV format
  • Download a blank CSV submission template prepopulated with the correct structure header rows ready to fill with subject records and upload

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Distribution for DataStructure: aers01 and Element:
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Filters enable researchers to view the data shared in NDA before applying for access or for selecting specific data for download or NDA Study assignment. For those with access to NDA shared data, you may select specific values to be included by selecting an individual bar chart item or by selecting a range of values (e.g. interview_age) using the "Add Range" button. Note that not all elements have appropriately distinct values like comments and subjectkey and are not available for filtering. Additionally, item level detail is not always provided by the research community as indicated by the number of null values given.

Filters for multiple data elements within a structure are supported. Selections across multiple data structures will be supported in a future version of NDA.