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John Currey

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Feb 12, 2022, 1:48:58 PMFeb 12
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My biggest data mistake that I've made more often than I care to admit, is updating a game with t:team and o:team backward. 

For example:
  • In the database, I have a game with t:team as the Bruins, and o:team as the Canadiens. All my other data is good.  
  • I attempt to update the line in that game, and I inadvertently set t:team=Canadiens and o:team=Bruins for the same date. 
Instead of updating the line for t:team=Bruins and o:team=Canadiens and date=20220112, I add a new record to the database as: 
  • t:team=Canadiens and o:team=Bruins and date=20220112. 
The line is populated, and all other fields are None. 

I end up with a mess. 

Trying to clean it up, regardless if I use t:team=Bruins or o:team=Bruins and the associated other two keys, the database returns the record will all the data first, and the record with all the Nones second. 

Of course, I made a big mess and have a lot of these. I'd like to surgically remove the records with Nones, and leave the valid records. My remedy is to delete everything and re-add it correctly, but that takes a lot of time. I'm hoping there's some special index or key I can use to solve my problem and remove the record I want to delete. 

I'd also love a way to enhance my code to check to be sure I have t:team and o:team set correctly when attempting to update a specific game and avoid creating a new record if I get it backward, but using the Get request doesn't care which team I assign to t:team and o:team.

Joe Meyer

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Feb 14, 2022, 9:25:12 AMFeb 14
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Hi John,

I do not see the issue with your double entry of games,

Can you please send a link showing the problem?

best regards,

Joe Meyer
Sports Database LLC



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John Currey

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Feb 16, 2022, 6:36:59 PMFeb 16
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OK, on 7/23/2020 the Nat's hosted the Yankees. My database has all the values for the game. 

Joe Meyer

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Feb 17, 2022, 11:04:28 AMFeb 17
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John and API Friends,

I think the most flexible solution here is for you to write a Python script that:
  1) uses the get API to locate offending games. In this case: date,te...@jcurrey.site is None
  2) iterate through the results with the post API to remove each offending game

Also, my top API programmer informs me that you can use a wildcard for t:team to remove all games for a date.

data: { "date": 20200723,
           "t:team": "*"}

Best regards,

Joe Meyer
Sports Database LLC

John Currey

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Feb 18, 2022, 6:34:16 PMFeb 18
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OK, I made an incorrect assumption early on, and that belief caused me to waste a lot of time needlessly. While I now see this is ridiculously easy, thank you for helping me over the hump!

Joe Meyer

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Feb 18, 2022, 7:03:04 PMFeb 18
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John and API Friends,
 
Don't forget the SDQL API is simple and, as K Popper teaches, we move forward by assumption and realization.
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