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The process of checking the completness, consistency and legibility of data and making the data ready for coding and transfer storage
Field Editing
Preliminary editing by a field supervisor on the same day as teh interview to catch techniacal omissions, check legibility of handwriting, and clarify responses that are logically or conceptually inconsistent
Item Non Response
The technical term for an unaswered question on an otherwise complete questionnaire resulting in missing data
Plug Value
An answer than an editor "plugs in" to replace blanks or missing values so as to permit data analysis
To fill in a missing data point through the use of a statistical process providing an educated guess
Three types of "Don't Know" Answers
Legitimate (no opinion)
Reluctant (refusal to answer)
Confused (does not understand)
The process of assigning a numerical score or other character symbol to previously edited data
Rules for interpreting, classifying and recording data in the coding process
Dummy coding
Number 1 or 0 coding where each number represents an alternate response such as "female" or "male"
Data entry
The activity of transferring data from a research project to computers
Optical scanning system
Data processing input service taht reads material directly from marked sensed questionnaire
A collection of characters that represent a signle piece of data, usually a variable.
String characters
Computer terminology for a series of alphabetic characters (non numeric characters) that my form a word
A collection of related fields that represent responses from one sampling unit
Data File
The way a data set is stored electronically in spreadsheet like form in which the rows represent sampling units and the columns represent variables
Two basic rules for coding categories:
They should be exhaustive (should exist for all possible responses)
They should be mutually exclusive and independent
Test tabulation
tallying of a small sample of the total number of replies to a particular qeustion in order to construct coding categories
Coding Sheet
Identifies each varaibles in a study and gives the variable's description, code name, and position in the data matrix