Create New Variables - Midpoint Coding and Quantification

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This QScript automatically recodes the labels of categorical variables into new numeric variables, quantifying the information contained within the labels of input variable(s).

To apply the same recoding without generating new variables use the QScript Recoding - Midpoint Coding and Quantification instead.

Example

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Technical details

This QScript looks for Pick One, Pick One - Multi, Number, and Number - Multi questions that have numbers or ranges of numbers in their labels and:

  • Attempts to set values for the question that correspond to the numbers in the labels for each category, or midpoints thereof.
  • Creates a new Number or Number - Multi question for each.

Where labels contain a single number, this value will be used. If no number is detected in the label, then the value of NaN will be assigned. Recoding will only be applied for questions that have three or more labels containing numbers.

Where the label contains a range of numbers, for example 18 to 24 then the midpoint value will be used (for example 21 in this case). If a question is recoded according to mid-points and it contains a lower label like Less than 18 then the midpoint will be half-way between zero and the number in the label (in this example 9). When the question is recoded according to mid-points and it contains an upper label like 55 or more then the midpoint will be the number in the label plus half of the previous interval - so if the previous interval was 50 to 54 this midpoint will be set to 57. If no midpoint for a label can be determined then a value of NaN will be assigned.

If the labels include any kind of brackets, e.g. [[ or (, then only the text inside the brackets will be used. If there is no closing bracket (the label has been truncated) then everything after the opening bracket will be used.

Labels that contain references to time periods, such as days, weeks, minutes, and hours, or other units like litres or kilograms are difficult to recode in this way. Any such questions will be added to a separate folder in your report.

How to apply this rule

For the first time in a project

  • Select the table(s)/chart(s) that you wish to apply the rule to.
  • Start typing the name of the Rule into the Search features and data box in the top right of the Q window.
  • Click on the Rule when it appears in the QScripts and Rules section of the search results.

OR

  • Select Automate > Browse Online Library.
  • Choose this rule from the list.

Additional applications of the rule

  • Select a table or chart that has the rule and any table(s)/chart(s) that you wish to apply the rule to.
  • Click on the Rules tab (bottom-left of the table/chart).
  • Select the rule that you wish to apply.
  • Click on the Apply drop-down and choose your desired option.
  • Check New items to have it automatically applied to new items that you create. Use Edit > Project Options > Save as Template to create a new project template that automatically uses this rule.

Removing the rule

  • Select the table(s)/chart(s) that you wish to remove the rule from.
  • Press the Rules tab (bottom-right corner).
  • Press Apply next to the rule you wish to remove and choose the appropriate option.

How to modify the rule

  • Click on the Rules tab (bottom-left of the table/chart).
  • Select the rule that you wish to modify.
  • Click Edit Rule and make the desired changes. Alternatively, you can use the JavaScript below to make your own rule (see Customizing Rules).

JavaScript

includeWeb('QScript Questionnaire Functions');
includeWeb('QScript Functions to Generate Outputs');
 
if(!midpointAndQuantificationRecoding(true))
    log("QScript cancelled.");
else
    conditionallyEmptyLog("QScript finished.");


See also