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Setting up filters for Snap Online analysis

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This tutorial shows how to filter your survey’s analyses and reports on Snap Online. These allow you and your shared users to quickly filter the data used in the analyses and reports. It also covers how to hide reports and analyses so they cannot be seen on Snap Online. This is only available for online surveys created in Snap Desktop.

Step 1: Creating the filters to use in Snap Online

The external filters and contexts are defined from the Analyses or Reports windows. Once defined, the filter or context can be applied to reports and analyses in Snap Desktop and Snap Online.

  1. Click Analyses or Reports  on the Snap Desktop toolbar.
  2. Click on Define External Filter/Context  . This opens the Define External Filter/Context dialog.
  3. Select the Filter tab to enter a filter or the Context tab to enter a context.
  4. Click Add to add a new filter or context variable to the list. Select from the list of variables in the selected survey and click OK.
  1. Use Move Up and Move Down to change the order of the list.
  2. Click OK to save the filters.

Step 2: Checking the filter in Snap Desktop

External filters or contexts allow you to filter the cases used in an analysis or report without changing the analysis or report definition. This is useful for testing the filters available in Snap Online.

  1. Click Analyses on the Snap Desktop toolbar.
  2. Double click on an analysis to display it in the Analysis Display dialog.
  3. Click on Apply External Filter/Context  . This opens the Apply External Filter/Context dialog. If this is disabled, then select Allow additional filters on the Analysis Definition dialog.
  4. In the Apply External Filter/Context dialog, select the Filter or Context tab.
  5. Select the code(s) in the selected variable(s) in the list to apply a filter or context. In this example, the location Bristol UK is selected.
  1. If you have applied a mask to the filter, the filter codes displayed will depend on the mask settings.
  2. Click OK to apply the filters to the analysis. This will show the data responses filtered for the Bristol location.

Step 3: Using the filters in Snap Online

Any analyses or reports that include external filters can use these to view a filtered subset of the response data. To apply a filter to an analyses, use the following instructions:

  1. In Snap Online, select the survey from Your work.
  2. In the Summary tab, click the Analyze link. The reports and analyses are available here.
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  1. Select Tables and Charts in the side menu then select the analysis you want to view.
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  1. To apply a filter to the selected table or chart, select Filter & context in the side menu.
  2. Click Add variable   to add a filter rule.
  3. In the Select a variable list, select a variable to use as the filter then click Next.
  4. Select the answers to use in the filter and click OK.
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  1. Click Apply changes to update the analysis of your response data for the selected filter.
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Turning external filters on and off in Snap Desktop

You can control whether people can apply filters to an analysis in Snap Online by using settings in Snap Desktop. You can also control whether they can see an individual analysis.

  1. In Snap Desktop, open your survey and click Analyses to open the Analyses window.
  2. Open the analysis that you want to control and click Properties   on the Analysis Display toolbar to display the analysis definition.
  3. In the Definition tab, select Allow additional filters to enable filters for this analysis in Snap Online. (Clear this to disable external filters in Snap Online.)
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  1. Check that the Available field is clear or says Yes. (Enter No in this field to stop the analysis being available in Snap Online. Enter a condition in this field to allow the analysis to be available in Snap Online if the condition is true.)

You can set Available conditions on reports in the report definition.
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