Question Types

 A while back we noticed that someone searched the website for information about mrInterview questions types, so we have decided that we will do some articles about all the question types you can have in mrInterview. This article is about all the different question types you can have and provide a brief description about each one. If you would like more detail about each question type then click the underlined heading and if an article exists you will be directed to it.

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Tip of the day: mrStudio and memory usage

I was speaking to a friend the other day, and they told me something that I would like to share with you all.  They had been editing a large MDD file in mrStudio. The MDD file was around 1 meg, and after a few hours of just editing and saving, no running the survey, mrStudio began to slow. Looking in task manager they noticed that studio was using 1.3 gig of memory. For obvious reasons they thought they’d better close studio and re-open it to clean the memory usage up, but studio crashed and they thought they had lost their last few changes.

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Chart at end of survey

Sometimes you will be asked to show a graph at the end of a survey showing the count or percents for a particular question. I guess this is a bit like a web poll, you are asked to vote on something and then after you have placed your vote you see a graph of the results. This is easily done in mrInterview and this article shows you how you can achieve this.

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How to use DMQuery to find out my connection string

When you write mrStudio scripts you will frequently need to create connection strings. To help you achieve this SPSS has produced several tools that once connected to a data source will show you the connection string. This article will show you how to display the connection string while you are using the tool DMQUERY.

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How to use WinDMSRun

There are a few tools that you should always be using to help you with your Dimensions work this article is about the tool “WinDMSRun”. WinDMSRun helps you quickly export data via dms scripts withought having to write any code. The WinDMSRun tool comes with the Dimensions development library and if you have this installed you can find it in the following directory.

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Scripting Efficiency

Recently we wrote and article on “How can I get the text for a category” and a comment was raised that it was not perhaps the best way and the fastest way to write that particular routine. The comments where well founded and raised an important topic in our minds as to how things should be written and the effect on performance that a badly written function could have on your script. This article takes the script and does some analysis to see just how slow it is.

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Using Banners in mrInterview

In the scripting for mrInterview you can use the object IOM. This is a collection of all the properties of the current interview. Amongst the list of properties belonging to IOM there is a collection named “Banners”. In the routing of your intervew script (i.e. your MDD-file!) you can add elements to this collection. By doing this you just add a new banner to your interview screen. This banner will need to have a name and a text like:

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How to use MDMExplorer

 There are a few tools that you should always be using to help you with your Dimensions work this article is about the tool “MDM Explorer”. MDMExplorer helps you look in detail at Metadata Documents ( MDD ). It will show you all the collections and properties of an MDD file and allow you to change some of the values stored in it. The MDM Explorer tool comes with the Dimensions development library and if you have this installed you can find it in the following directory.

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