AskiaAnalyse: team me up, Scotty!

The software in the Askia range have been designed to work alongside each other.  If you know how your survey tree looks in Design, you will not be surprised by how it looks in Analyse. That’s the whole point of an integrated suite.

Analyse has mainly been designed to work with a single user, creating their weightings, calculated variables and filters in their QES file.

When we realised that a lot of our users were working on continuous surveys, we introduced Surf files: the analysis definitions were stored in the Surf files so there was no problem whenever you were adding more data.

However, there were two types of user for which Askia Analyse was not performing well:

1. People importing their data from an external source (e.g. triple-S, SAV, Dimensions etc)

They would import their data, maybe create a question tree structure in Design and create multiple questions or loops in Tools. Then they would create variables, weightings and sub-populations in Analyse and save their portfolios.

Now if there was any problem with the source data, such as, additional data or cleaning errors, the whole import would have to be done again. Of course, we provided ways to improve the speed of the process:

…but we wanted to make things quicker.

2. People within large teams

In large teams, a portfolio could be created by someone and run by someone else. It’s not always the same people who create the Surf file and use it. Again we had made sure that the portfolios can be shared. If someone created a sub-population within a portfolio, it would be re-created in Analyse but what about calculated variables, recodes and weightings?

To please all these users, we have implemented a new range of developments:

myView

Firstly, we have implemented myView: it lets users re-organise and hide variables as well as hide responses and automatically associate calculated or grouped responses to questions. It’s something we have given a lot of TLC to. Since the ‘my limited view’ definition is stored outside the QES or QEW (in an .mlv file), if your survey changes (after a re-import), the myView file can be re-used (and opened automatically).

Portfolio improvements

Secondly, we have stored a few more things in the portfolio. The weightings and even the calculated variables & recodes. This means that if you use any weighting or portfolio (as well as tab-template and sub-population), their definition will be saved in the portfolio. If you re-open that portfolio in a different QES or QEW, all these definitions will be re-created automatically! – If these already exist in the survey; the system will warn you if they are different.

Creating loops

Finally, an ambitious development scheduled for 5.3.5.5. We have decided to let people create loops in Analyse (well they are called levels, aren’t they?). This means even if you have data in Surf, you will easily be able to bring questions into loops without writing edits or transforming several files in Tools.

New Knowledge Base articles incoming!

We have been regularly updating Askia’s Help centre with various KB articles that cover our software offering. Here are some of these latest articles:

Askiadesign: about:blank error message

Microsoft recently updated Internet Explorer. This update may cause the below error message to be displayed in askiadesign:

about:blank error message in askiadesign

See the full article to fix this issue.

Askiafield: Data exports: Methods, Pros & Cons

This in-depth article covers all you need to know about the different data export methods along with the pros & cons for each method. From Supervisor’s Export to QES file to Analyse’s Data Inversion; this article also details SQL Synchronisation from AskiaTools as well as the powerful Fast Export method.

Read the full article for the detailed explanations.

 Askiaanalyse: Mean Summary Tables

This article goes through step by step examples and explanations of how to set up calculations in Analyse which will create a mean or sum summary table. There is also an introduction to script formatting and advanced sorting for such calculations.
This detailed article also provides downloadable example .QES files.

Access the KB article for more details.

Askiafield: Survey XML file is corrupt

Askiaface for iOS & Android make use of the XML version of the .QEX file; it sometimes occurs that certain characters (trailing spaces, &, >, <, …) will cause the survey’s XML definition to be invalid.

This article guides you through the necessary steps to fix a corrupt XML file: by identifying the cuplrit(s) and getting rid of them!

Check out the article for more details.

Askiafield: wildcards

This article describes how to use the Wildcard feature in Supervisor to find and update sample contacts based on regular expressions. Wildcards are a set of extremely useful tools that can power your workflow when searching / targeting specific contacts with large sample files.

Read the detailed article for more information.

Props to Seyf, Stephen & Jérome D for their contribution!