Use Patterns to process and analyze data using Snap Survey Software
Patterns are a powerful tool to validate open-ended questions in Snap Survey Software. Patterns can be used to check data or to transform data.
In data entry, patterns are attached to a specific variable to:
- Ensure that respondents or data entry personnel enter the correct format for information such as postcodes, zip codes, or other numeric fields. Snap Survey Software looks for a similarity between what has been typed as the answer to a question, and what has been specified as a possible match in the pattern.
- Convert question data into a standard format even if it has been entered in an unsuitable format, such as pound or dollar signs being included in quantity data.
Using advanced Snap Survey Software analysis tools, such as filters and derived variables, you can:
- Use any of the defined patterns to temporarily change data, for example, converting literal text to lower case text.
- Use a pattern made up of several defined parts to select one of the parts (e.g. the area code in a phone number) and use that part to analyze the data.
Snap Survey Software users can use Patterns already set-up in the software or create their own.
We have several resources to help user create Patterns