What's on this page:IntroductionRecode Value OrderRecoding Values and Changing Variable LabelsQuestion Export TagsAvailable Question TypesExporting a Data Dictionary
When you create a question, a numeric value (known as a “recode value”) and variable label are automatically assigned to each answer choice. By default, the first answer choice will be coded as a 1, the second choice as a 2, and so forth, even if you remove answer choices or change the answer choice order.
These recode values and labels are recorded in the collected dataset and you can modify them to align with your desired statistical analysis.
For more information on exporting your dataset as values or as choice text, see our Export Data page.
Recode Value Order
Recode values are assigned in the order the answer choices are created. Before you collect responses, these values will reset to always be in sequential order as long as you don’t lock the values by selecting the Recode Values checkbox in the Recode Values menu.
After you collect your first response, the recode values won’t automatically update to be in a sequential order so as to protect your collected data.
Recoding Values and Changing Variable Labels
- Navigate to the Survey module and select the question you want to change.
- Click the gray gear to the left to access the Question Options and choose Recode Values.
- Click the checkboxes for Recode Values and/or Variable Naming (the values and labels will appear next to the answer choices).
- Edit the coded values and labels as desired.
- Click Close when finished (do not deselect the checkboxes).
Qtip: Deselecting the checkboxes will reset the Recode Values and/or Variable Naming to their original default values or labels (in case you need to restore their original values later on).
You can change these coded values and labels during survey building or after you have collected your data without invalidating your results. The change will be immediately reflected in your raw dataset and any statistics in your Data and Analysis module.
Question Export Tags
The Matrix and Side by Side question types will show an additional blue field for Question Export Tags. This option allows you to apply a custom export tag to each row statement of the question. These tags will help you distinguish the column titles for each statement in the exported data.
Available Question Types
Not every question type has the option to recode values. Text Entry questions, for example, are infinitely variable and so cannot have a numeric value assigned to each possibility. To have the recode option, a question must have a discrete number of answer choices.
Many question types meet this requirement. You can recode the values for the following types:
- Multiple Choice
- Matrix Table
- Rank Order
- Side by Side
- Constant Sum (Type – Choices)
- Graphic Slider
- Gap Analysis
Exporting a Data Dictionary
For purposes of your research, you may want to have a central data repository to reference so that you know what each recode value represents in your dataset. You can export a data dictionary Word document that will list each question with the recoded value in parenthesis next to each answer choice.