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17152Bug reportsImport/Exportpublic2021-04-30 16:07
Reportergabrieljenik Assigned To 
Status newResolutionopen 
Product Version3.25.12 
Summary17152: exporting list question with 'other' to SPSS does not read all data
DescriptionIf you have a survey with a "List (Radio)" question with the other option enabled and someone answer the "Other" option without typing something in the other box you wont get the data in your SPSS file if you use numerical answer codes.

This is the ticket for LS3
The original was for LS4.
Please look at notes in the related ticket.
Steps To Reproducei) survey with list radio question, answer codes 1, ..., n and "other" option enabled.
ii) take the survey and answer the other option without typing something in the box.
iii) export syntax and data file to SPSS, execute the syntax file to read the data.

You will now end up with an empty answer for the list question.
Additional InformationThe empty answer is because SPSS Syntax reads the questions like this:

 V9 F1
 V10 A6.

Where the V9 is the list question and V10 is the "other" option, F is numeric col in SPSS, and A is a string col.
When you read the data you will read "-" from the data file into SPSS but this will never get read because "-" isn't a numeric.

Potential fixes?

a) recode "-" on export to a integer which is not used in the answer codes.
b) if "other" option is enabled move it to the other answer options so that users can add the code themselves.
TagsNo tags attached.
Complete LimeSurvey version number (& build)LS DEMO SITE / Linux 5.4.0-58-generic #64-Ubuntu SMP Wed Dec 9 08:16:25 UTC 2020 x86_64
I will donate to the project if issue is resolvedNo
Database & DB-VersionLS DEMO SITE / 5.5.5-10.3.25-MariaDB-0ubuntu0.20.04.1
Server OS (if known)
Webserver software & version (if known)
PHP VersionLS DEMO SITE / 7.4.3


related to 16939 closedgabrieljenik exporting list question with 'other' to SPSS does not read all data 




2021-04-30 16:06

manager   ~64204

Last edited: 2021-04-30 16:07

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@c_schmitz should we fix this on LS3 now that LS4 ticket is done?

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2021-03-02 21:48 gabrieljenik New Issue
2021-03-02 21:48 gabrieljenik Issue generated from: 16939
2021-03-02 21:48 gabrieljenik Relationship added related to 16939
2021-03-10 17:36 ollehar Priority none => high
2021-04-30 16:06 gabrieljenik Note Added: 64204
2021-04-30 16:07 gabrieljenik Note Edited: 64204 View Revisions