Split items - procedure

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There are some methods to split an item into two or more columns based on person classification group.

 

1. From Winsteps, output your data to Excel using Output Files menu, RFILE= or IPMATRIX=

In Excel:

a.Sort the rows (cases) by the target demographic (or whatever) variable

b.Cut the responses to the target items by one demographic group into new columns

c.Label (row 1) the new columns with their item labels and demographic information

d.Save the Excel file under a new name

e.Use the Excel/RSSST menu to convert the new Excel file into a Winsteps control file

f.Analyze the new control file which now has the split items.

 

2. Use MFORMS=, then EDFILE=

 

3. Use FORMAT=, then EDFILE=

 

These examples use FORMAT=. Here are the changes to a control file to split an item:

 

Example 1: We want to split item 3 "Enjoy cooking", of our 12 item test into two items, based on the Gender (M,F) indicator in column 2 of the person label.

 

1. Increase number of items:

NI= 13 (add one NI=12)

NAME1= (add one if to the right of the items)

 

The new item will be the last item

 

2. Add coding, grouping for new item 13 in IREFER=, ISGROUPS=, KEY1=

 

3. Add a new item name before END LABELS for item 13:

Enjoy cooking (male)

Edit the current item name for item 3:

Enjoy cooking (female)

 

4. Use FORMAT= duplicate the old item into the new item's position, e.g.,

FORMAT = (12A,T3,1A,T13,99A)

adds the item in column 3 again in column 13. Then follows it with the old column 13 onwards, now starting in column 14..

 

5. Delete responses in the two versions of the item, based on the person demographics (Gender: M, F) in column 2 of the person label:

EDFILE=*

"?M" 3 x ; all Male responses to item 3 are changed to "x" (scored as missing - not administered)

"?{~M}" 13 x ; all not Male responses to item 13 are changed to "x"

*

 

6. The Control file is:

 

Title = "Survey of Personal Preferences"

NI = 13  ; was NI=12

ITEM1 = 1 ; responses start the line

NAME1 = 15 ; was NAME1=14

CODES=12345

FORMAT = (12A,T3,1A,T13,99A) ; repeat column 3 at column 13

EDFILE=*

"?M" 3 x ; all Male responses to item 3 are changed to "x" (scored as missing - not administered)

"?{~M}" 13 x ; all not Male responses to item 13 are changed to "x"

*

RFILE = rfile.txt ; File which shows the reformatted data

&END

Item 1

Item 2

Enjoy cooking (female) ; Item 3

Item 4

....

Item 12

Enjoy cooking (female) ; Item 12

END NAMES

321453324213 PM George ; M is Male in column 2 of person label

532134324522 RF Mary   ; F is Female in column 2 of person label

......

 

The data become:

32x4533242131 PM George ; M is Male in column 2 of person label

532134324522x RF Mary   ; F is Female in column 2 of person label

......

 

Example 2: Splitting item 19 in Liking for Science, example0.txt,  data by gender, and moving gender to first column of person label:

 

Title= "Liking for Science"

ITEM1= 1 ; Starting column of item responses

NI= 26 ; Number of items  ; one item added to the standard 25

XWIDE = 1 ; this matches the biggest data value observed

CODES= 012 ; matches the data

NAME1 =  28 ; Starting column for person label in formatted data record (gender)

; show column 19 again in column 26, and also column 48 (gender) again in column 28

FORMAT = "(25A1, T19, 1A1, T26, 1A1, T48, 2A1, T27, 50A1)" 

EDITFILE=*   

"{~F}" 26 m     ; m = deliberately omitted response

"{~M}" 19 m

*

; reformatted file looks like ...

;123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234

;1211102012222021122021020  M ROSSNER, MARC DANIEL M  1   

;101010100111100112 1111102 F  ROSSNER, REBECCA A. F  5  

;101121101112101012 101210         ROSSNER, TR CAT    6

&END ; Item labels follow: columns in label

WATBIRDS  ; Item 1

BOOKANIM  ; Item 2

BOOKPLNT  ; Item 3

WATGRASS  ; Item 4 

BOTLCANS  ; Item 5 

LOOKENCY  ; Item 6 

WATAMOVE  ; Item 7 

LOOKCRAK  ; Item 8 

NAMEWEED  ; Item 9 

LISTBIRD  ; Item 10

FINDALIV  ; Item 11

MUSEUM    ; Item 12

GROGARDN  ; Item 13

PIXPLNTS  ; Item 14

ASTORIES  ; Item 15

MAKEMAP   ; Item 16

WATAEAT   ; Item 17

PICNIC    ; Item 18

GOTOZOOM  ; Item 19  - Zoo - Male

WATBUGS   ; Item 20

WATNEST   ; Item 21

WHATEAT   ; Item 22

WATCHRAT  ; Item 23

FLWRSEAT  ; Item 24

TALKPLNT  ; Item 25

GOTOZOOF  ; Item 26 - Zoo - Female

;23456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901

END NAMES

1211102012222021122021020 ROSSNER, MARC DANIEL M  1

2222222222222222222222222 ROSSNER, LAWRENCE F. M  2

2211011012222122122121111     ROSSNER, TOBY G. M  3

1010010122122111122021111  ROSSNER, MICHAEL T. M  4

1010101001111001122111110  ROSSNER, REBECCA A. F  5

1011211011121010122101210      ROSSNER, TR CAT    6

2220022202222222222222222     WRIGHT, BENJAMIN M  7

2210021022222020122022022 LAMBERT, MD., ROSS W M  8

0110100112122001121120211      SCHULZ, MATTHEW M  9

2100010122221121122011021    HSIEH, DANIEL SEB M 10

2220011102222220222022022     HSIEH, PAUL FRED M 11

0100220101210011021000101    LIEBERMAN, DANIEL M 12

1211000102121121122111000  LIEBERMAN, BENJAMIN M 13

2110020212022100022000120     HWA, NANCY MARIE F 14

1111111111111111112211111  DYSON, STEPHIE NINA F 15

2221121122222222222122022     BUFF, MARGE BABY F 16

2222022222222222222222122      SCHATTNER, GAIL F 17

2222021022222221222122022   ERNST, RICHARD MAX M 18

2221011002222211122020022    FONTANILLA, HAMES M 19

1100010002122212122020022        ANGUIANO, ROB M 20

1111011112122111122021011       EISEN, NORM L. M 21

1211111112222121122121121      HOGAN, KATHLEEN F 22

2211112112222121222122122          VROOM, JEFF M 23

1221012102222110122021022 TOZER, AMY ELIZABETH F 24

2221120222222221222122022        SEILER, KAREN F 25

1111111111111111111111111      NEIMAN, RAYMOND M 26

1110011101122111022120221           DENNY, DON M 27

2211102002122121022012011         ALLEN, PETER M 28

1000101001110000022110200        LANDMAN, ALAN M 29

1000000002122000022012100  NORDGREN, JAN SWEDE M 30

2211011112221011122121111         SABILE, JACK M 31

1210010011222110121022021        ROSSNER, JACK M 32

2212021212222220222022021        ROSSNER, BESS F 33

2222122222222222222222122         PASTER, RUTH F 34

1110211011122111122011111       RINZLER, JAMES M 35

1110201001122111122011111      AMIRAULT, ZIPPY M 36

1210010012122111122012021       AIREHEAD, JOHN M 37

2211021112222121122222121    MOOSE, BULLWINKLE M 38

2221022112222122222122022    SQURREL, ROCKY J. M 39

2221011022222221222122022       BADENOV, BORIS M 40

2222222222222222222222122      FATALE, NATASHA F 41

2121011112122221122011021     LEADER, FEARLESS M 42

2220112022222121222022021          MAN, SPIDER M 43

1210021012212211022011021        CIANCI, BUDDY M 44

2221022222222222222222022    MCLOUGHLIN, BILLY M 45

2200020002222000222122010         MULLER, JEFF M 46

1110220112212111022010000        VAN DAM, ANDY M 47

2221022222222221222122022     CHAZELLE, BERNIE M 48

1100110101110112111111210       BAUDET, GERARD M 49

2222121222222222222122122        DOEPPNER, TOM M 50

1210021022222221122021022         REISS, STEVE M 51

1111111111111111122111111       STULTZ, NEWELL M 52

0100101010110011021010000        SABOL, ANDREW M 53

1111021121122112122021011        BABBOO, BABOO   54

1010010011122112222111110     DRISKEL, MICHAEL M 55

2221012012222222222122022      EASTWOOD, CLINT M 56

2220022022222222222022022       CLAPP, CHARLIE M 57

1221010122222221222021021        CLAPP, DOCENT   58

2221021122222221222022222            CLAPP, LB   59

1221111122222121122121021     SQUILLY, MICHAEL M 60

2111010022122111122011022      SQUILLY, BAY OF   61

2220000022222220222020000           BEISER, ED M 62

1211010122222122222122010       BECKER, SELWIN M 63

2210022112222121222122011       CORLEONE, VITO M 64

1211211002222012122121200    CORLEONE, MICHAEL M 65

1201010012222120222022021       PINHEAD, ZIPPY   66

1211001001212121222121012       MALAPROP, MRS. F 67

1200010102120120022001010          BOND, JAMES M 68

1210010122222122222021021     BLOFELD, VILLAIN M 69

2222022012222122222022021          KENT, CLARK M 70

2201222001220022220222201        STOLLER, DAVE M 71

1001000100011010021200201     JACKSON, SOLOMON M 72

2012010122210201102202022       SANDBERG, RYNE M 73

2220022002222222222022012       PATRIARCA, RAY M 74

1200110112122221022020010       PAULING, LINUS M 75


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