Custom Variables

This article will show you how to create a Custom Variable(s)


Background

'Custom Variables' are very useful when you are trying to create data-points in your project which do not have to be shown to respondents. These can be used in a number of ways. 

There are three types of variables:

  1. Single:
    • This is similar to a single dimensional question (radio). 
    • This can be used in two main ways:
      • You can add a response list to use it to set a mutually exclusive single punch item such as a truncated age bucket which contains labels. Using this method you can use this variable to cut the data or to use it as a banner or stub in any sort of tables for reporting.
      • You can also utilize this without a response list. This will allow you to use it as a counter variable as an example. 
  2. Text:
    • This is similar to a a multi dimensional question (text fields). 
    • If you add multiple responses, each one will be its own variable.
    • This can be used to hold text for multiple items in a response list which can then be used for piping if needed.
  3. Numeric:
    • This is similar to a a multi dimensional question (numeric fields).
    • If you add multiple responses, each one will be its own variable. 
    • These can be set to a numeric value for any reason. Some examples would be: 
      • to hold ranking numbers, 
      • to hold the items which are each set to the corresponding position
      • to hold the positions which are each set to the corresponding item number
      • to group counters together if needed

Below are directions on how to create custom variables.


Creating a Custom Variable:

  1. Access the 'Build & Edit Tool'
  2. Click on 'Variables' on the left hand side. This will expand the Variable section. 
  3. Click on '+ Custom Variable'
  4. In the 'New Variable' window type in your variable name. 
    1. This can use letters, numbers and underscores
    2. This must start with a letter
    3. In the 'Choose a type' dropdown, 'Single' is the default but you can select the one you need (Single/Text/Numeric)
  5. Click on 'Create'

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