What is the LBAM?

In this guide we'll explain enabling, using and monitoring LBAM (Look-Back Adjacency Matching) in Clocktimizer. LBAM allows firms to reduce the amount of uncategorizable time within their data by matching uncategorizable time cards to adjacent ones. By default the LBAM is not enabled.

When the LBAM is enabled, it will be triggered for each uncategorizable time card and look back and see if it can find a time card that satisfies the following criteria:
  • It belongs to the same matter;
  • It was written by the same timekeeper;
  • It was written in the 30 days before the time card being matched;
  • It contains a single identifiable activity.

If such a time card is identified, the activity of the time card is assigned instead of uncategorizable.

Finding adjacency matched time cards in Clocktimizer and comparing them to their original "uncategorizable" categorisation:

Navigate to the drilldown and in the Selection section, filter by Custom Categorization Status, then choose Adjacency matched from the dropdown menu (as in the screenshot below): 

You will see the amount of hours recategorized by the LBAM. You can also review the categorization with the timecards Visualization:

Frequently asked questions: 

If I manually categorize some timecards that were previously uncategorizable will the LBAM change my categorization? 
No, the manual categorizations will remain in this case. 

Will the LBAM use the activities I manually categorized on the timecards to base its categorization of the next uncategorized entries?

The LBAM will base its categorization on the original activities, not the manually overridden activities.

Can the LBAM be limited to one practice group or a selection of matters? 
No, the LBAM can only be enabled for your entire data set, but if you are not happy with the results of running the LBAM, it is quite simple to disable, afterwhich all of your data will be restored to its original categorization.