Nesstar Mark up Variable Groups

Hi there! We're going to look at creating variable groups in Nesstar Publisher. We do this to make the variables easier to search through for the user. Some datasets have hundreds of variables. That's a lot to scroll through, but when they are grouped into categories, the user can more easily find a specific variable or subject area that they are looking for. There are several common groups you will see, like: Administration, Weight, and Demographics. You will find these in most surveys. When grouping variables, refer to previous years, if they are available in the series, as consistency between surveys makes it more user-friendly. Also, sometimes the User Guide will have theirvariables grouped in a certain way so that's also an option that you can refer to. Note that variables can be in more than one group. If you can't decide or you think they fit in more than one group, put it in both. To start creating Variable Groups, open up your dataset. I'm going to go into Nesstar Publisher. And I'm using the Canadian Internet Use Survey, 2012, Person File just because it's one of the most recent datasets that I've worked on. So click on Variable Groups, here along the bottom on the left hand side. If you click on Variable Groups and then the plus sign, you can add a category. Let's title this one Education. So now, let's go into Demographics and you can see here along the right-hand side this blue plus sign that's available to us. Click on that and that opens up our Select Variables menu. Now you're going to choose the variables that you want to add to this category. Let's choose Province and by hitting control, you can add more variables. Once you've selected your desired variables, click on OK. Now you can see the variables have been added in this screen here in this particular category. If you've added one by accident that you don't want in this category, simply highlight it and click on the minus sign and that removes it from the category. You can also change the order by highlighting the variable and clicking the up arrow or the down arrow. You can do the same sort of concept with your particular categories over here. If you want them in alphabetical order, click on Current User and you can move this up using the arrow or if you wanted it back down you can put it down there. When a variable is added to a group, a green dot will appear beside it in the Select Variables menu. I'll show you this by going back into this blue plus sign on the right-hand side and you can see that the variables we've added to Demographics have this green plus sign next to it. Check this when you're done to ensure all variables have been added to a group. That's all for this tutorial. This video was created by the Carleton University Data Centre. Thanks for watching!

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