KEY FEATURES: Introduces students to developing research questions and shows their importance in driving research design. Rarely taught topics, such as how to enter and clean data, offer students information missed in both research methods and statistics courses. Shows how to write up survey results for academic, business and nonprofit reports to alleviate the confusion students feel about how to write up findings. Rigorous treatment of sampling focuses on many sampling issues from probability theory to weighting. Offers the process of actually conducting a survey with advice on administering surveys, incentives, and improving response rates.

What Types of Survey Questions Are Difficult to Enter Into the Database?

What Types of Survey Questions Are Difficult to Enter Into the Database?

Erin Ruel

There are three types of questions that are difficult to enter into the database. The first is a “choose all answers that apply” type of survey question. We can only give one numeric value per variable. Therefore, if there is an “all that apply” type question, create a separate variable for each response category. Each of these variables will have two numeric values: 1 for “chose this answer” and 2 for “did not choose this answer.” In the boxed example below, five variables would be created. Q2a would be for cigarettes. Q2a would get a 1 if a participant chose it and a 2 if the participant did not choose it. ...

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