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Sorting categorical response lists
You can control the order in which the responses in a categorical list are displayed to respondents, either to make it easier for respondents to find items in a long list, or to counteract the tendency to select responses from the top of the list. This section introduces the following keywords for performing these functions in the metadata section of the interview script:
Sort in ascending alphabetical order.
Sort in descending alphabetical order.
Keep response in its current position.
Sort in a random order.
Reverse the order for each alternate interview.
Sort in rotated order.
This section also describes:
Sorting response lists containing subheadings.
Controlling response order from the routing section: You would normally do this only for advanced requirements such as a different order for each iteration of a repeated question.
See also
Responses with fixed positions in the response list
Writing interview scripts