Managing Do Not Autocode Lists


When you want to prevent a certain Verbatim from being autocoded, you can add that Verbatim to a Do Not Autocode List (formerly known as a Stop List). When a Verbatim is on a Do Not Autocode List, Vault Coder does not include any Code Requests that match that Verbatim in autocoding.

By default, Vault Coder applies Do Not Autocode Lists to Synonym Lists. If your study has the Autocode from Dictionary feature enabled (see details here), Vault also applies Do Not Autocode Lists to the coding dictionary.

You can access Do Not Autocode Lists in your vault from Coder Tools > Do Not Autocode Lists.

Coder Tools > Stop Lists

Accessing Coder Tools

To access the Coder Tools administration area, click the Tools tab in the primary navigation bar, and then click Coder Tools.

Access Coder Tools from the Tools Tab

Once in Coder Tools, you can click the sub-tabs to navigate to different areas within.

Create a Do Not Autocode List

To create a new Do Not Autocode List:

  1. Navigate to Coder Tools > Do Not Autocode Lists.
  2. Click New Do Not Autocode List. Vault opens the New Do Not Autocode List dialog. New Do Not Autocode List button

  3. Enter a Name for your Do Not Autocode List. New Do Not Autocode List dialog

  4. Optional: Select a Status. Active is the default Status. If you select Inactive, Vault does not use the Do Not Autocode List to prevent autocoding.
  5. Click Save. Vault creates the Do Not Autocode List.

You can now add Verbatims to the Do Not Autocode List and assign the Do Not Autocode List to a Form.

Add a Verbatim

To add a Verbatim to a Do Not Autocode List:

  1. Locate the Do Not Autocode List you want to add to in Coder Tools > Do Not Autocode Lists.
  2. Click the Do Not Autocode List to open it. Click to open a Do Not Autocode List

  3. Enter a Verbatim. Add a verbatim

  4. Click + Add.

Vault adds the Verbatim to the Do Not Autocode List. Vault no longer autocodes Code Requests with this Verbatim.

Edit a Verbatim

To edit an existing Verbatim:

  1. Locate the Do Not Autocode List containing the Verbatim in Coder Tools > Do Not Autocode Lists.
  2. Click the Do Not Autocode List to open it.
  3. Hover over the Verbatim you want to edit to display the Actions menu.
  4. From the Actions menu, select Edit. Vault opens the Edit Item dialog. Edit Verbatim action

  5. Edit the Verbatim. Edit Item dialog

  6. Click Save.

Delete a Verbatim

To delete an existing Verbatim:

  1. Locate the Do Not Autocode List containing the Verbatim in Coder Tools > Do Not Autocode Lists.
  2. Click the Do Not Autocode List to open it.
  3. Hover over the Verbatim you want to delete to display the Actions menu.
  4. From the Actions menu, select Delete. Delete Verbatim action

  5. In the Confirm dialog, click Confirm.

Vault removes the Verbatim from the Do Not Autocode List. Any Code Requests with that Verbatim are now eligible for autocoding.

Assign a Do Not Autocode List to a Form

Before Vault can use a Do Not Autocode List for autocoding, you must first assign a Do Not Autocode List to a coding Form.

To assign a Do Not Autocode List to a Form:

  1. Locate the Form you want to edit in Coder Tools > Study Settings > Form Configuration.
  2. Hover over the Form to display the Actions menu.
  3. Select Edit. Edit action

  4. In the Edit Form dialog, select a Do Not Autocode List. Select a Stop List

  5. Click Save.
  6. Vault assigns the Do Not Autocode List to the Form. Vault now uses this Do Not Autocode List to inform autocoding on this Form.

You can edit the Do Not Autocode List assignment later. Note that if you edit the assigned list, all coded Forms are reset to the Uncoded status.

See Form Configuration in Coder Tools for additional details about available form configuration options.

Edit a Do Not Autocode List

To edit a Do Not Autocode List:

  1. Locate the Do Not Autocode List you want to edit in Coder Tools > Do Not Autocode Lists.
  2. Hover over the Do Not Autocode List to display the Actions menu.
  3. From the Actions menu, select Edit. Vault opens the Edit Do Not Autocode List dialog. Edit Do Not Autocode List action

  4. Make your changes.
  5. Click Confirm. Vault updates the Do Not Autocode List.

Import a Do Not Autocode List

You can add Verbatims to a Do Not Autocode List in bulk by importing them as a CSV (.csv) file.

  Download the Template CSV

  1. Download the template and open it in your preferred editor.
  2. Add a row for each Verbatim you want to add to your Do Not Autocode List.
  3. Save your file.

The only required column in your import file is Verbatim.

Importing the File

To import the file:

  1. Locate the Do Not Autocode List you want to import Verbatims into.
  2. Hover over the Do Not Autocode List to display the Actions menu.
  3. From the Actions menu, select Import Items. Import Items action

  4. Either drag and drop your CSV file into the Drag and drop file here area, or click anywhere in the area and browse to and select your import file.
  5. Vault uploads the file and validates the Verbatims for the Do Not Autocode List. Validation results display in the Preview area. See possible validation errors below.
  6. Optional: If your import file contains any validation errors, edit the file to resolve them. Then click Change File to re-upload.
  7. Once all of your new Verbatims are ready for import, click Import. Vault begins a job to import and add your Verbatims to the Do Not Autocode List. Vault sends you an email notification when the job is complete.

Import Statuses

There are three possible statuses for a new Do Not Autocode List record as you prepare it for import:

Status Explanation
Error There is at least one error on this row. Errors indicate missing or invalid values.
Warning There is at least one warning on this row. Warnings indicate conflicts with existing Do Not Autocode List records.
Ready for Import This Do Not Autocode List record is complete and can be successfully imported into the vault.

Validation Errors

Error Field or Type Explanation Steps to Resolve
{Field} is required Verbatim This field is required. Provide a value for this field and re-upload your import file.
Duplicate Entry Verbatim Duplicate entry. Remove the duplicate entry from your file and re-upload your import file.
Verbatim Already Exists User trying to import a verbatim that already exists The verbatim already exists on the Do Not Autocode List. No action needed.
{Field Name} exceeded allowed character length Character count exceeds max allowed in database Number of characters entered by the user is greater than database column length. Reduce the number of characters in the indicated field and re-upload your import file.

Export a Do Not Autocode List

You can export a Do Not Autocode List from your Study into a CSV file. This can be useful for record keeping and allows you to use all or a portion of the Verbatims from your Do Not Autocode List for another Do Not Autocode List.

  1. Locate the Do Not Autocode List you want to export.
  2. Hover over the Do Not Autocode List to display the Actions menu.
  3. From the Actions menu, select Export. Export action

  4. Vault begins a job to create a CSV of your study’s Do Not Autocode List. When finished, Vault sends you an email notification with a link to download the output file.

The Do Not Autocode List export includes the following (as columns):

  • Verbatim
  • Created Date
  • Last Modified Date