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Edit Variable dialog: Properties pane
The Properties pane enables you to view and edit the properties for categories and other items in a variable. For example, you can exclude a category from the base for the variable, change the variable used as the basis for the calculation of means and other special items, or change the weighting applied to a category.
You can change more frequently used properties (for example, descriptions or factors) using the menu options and toolbar buttons in the Edit Variable dialog.
To display the Properties pane, choose View > View Properties from the Edit Variable dialog menu, or click the View Properties button This graphic is described in the surrounding text..
Fields on the Properties pane
If you edit the variable syntax directly using the Script pane, you must use the Table Object Model property name. Not all properties are available for all category types.
Calculation properties
Cut-off value
For a percentile, set the value below which a certain percentage of the cases fall.
Property name in Table Object Model: CutOffValue
Based on
For mean, sample variance, standard error, and standard deviation, define whether to base the item based on factors or a numeric variable, and if so, which one. For minimum, maximum, median, mode, percentile, numeric or sum items, use this option to select the numeric variable on which a minimum or maximum is based.
Property name in Table Object Model: AnalysisVariable
Calculation scope
If you use factors to calculate a mean, standard deviation, standard error or sample variance, you can specify whether you want the mean to be calculated for all the categories, or for just those categories preceding the mean in the table. The default calculation scope is all categories when you create the mean in UNICOM Intelligence Reporter. The default is preceding categories when the mean exists in the metadata. This is for compatibility with Quanvert data sources.
By default non-category elements, that can be filtered by an expression, are filtered by the net when added to a net. For example, the mean element in the net only includes the elements in the net. If the CalculationScope property of net element is set with csAllElements, the factor mean includes all elements, including elements in top and elements within nets. The default CalculationScope property for a net element is csPrecedingElements.
Property name in Table Object Model: CalculationScope
For means, and other special items that can be restricted by an expression, enter an expression using the appropriate syntax; for example, gender={Male}. See Element syntax for more information. For user-defined or derived categories, click the ... button to enter an expression in the Edit User-Defined Item or Edit Derived Category dialogs.
Property name in Table Object Model: Expression
Enter a factor for a category, including combined categories and nets. A factor is a constant numerical value that can be assigned to a category in a categorical variable for use in statistical calculations. Factors are used when you want to base a summary statistic on the categories in a variable, rather than on a numeric variable. This is because statistics can be calculated on numeric data only and categories are not true numeric values. (Although the UNICOM Intelligence Data Model represents the responses to categorical questions as numeric values, these are in fact identifiers or codes and are not suitable for statistical analysis.)
Property name in Table Object Model: Factor
Include in base
By default, all categories in the original variable are included in the variable's base. You can exclude a category from the base by selecting No for this option.
Property name in Table Object Model: IncludeInBase
Increment count by value in
By default, cell counts are incremented by one for each case that meets the required conditions for the cell. Use this option to specify a numeric variable, and force the count value to be incremented by the value for the numeric variable for that case instead of by one.
Cell items that use an analysis variable, for example, Sum, are incremented by the value of the specified analysis variable. Use this option to specify a numeric variable, and force the value to be incremented by the product of the analysis variable value and the value of the numeric variable.
Using a multiplier at a parallel level is not supported. A valid multiplier for a variable should meet the following conditions:
a numeric variable
at the same ascendant level as the variable
an example for the variable person[..].trip[..].purpose:
same level multiplier (valid):
ascendant level multiplier (valid):
person[..].age, numpersons
parallel level (invalid):
Property name in Table Object Model: Multiplier
Override table weight using
By default, categories use the weight applied to the table using the Table Properties dialog. Use these options to set a different weight, or no weight at all, for a specific category.
Property name in Table Object Model: IsUnWeighted, Weight
Display properties
Decimal places
You can specify the number of decimal places for statistical variables such as mean or standard deviation, and for other items such as totals and unweighted bases. The number of decimals you enter here overrides the value you enter for cell contents using the Table Properties dialog.
Property name in Table Object Model: Decimals
This is the text that is displayed in the row or column header when the category is on the side or top of a table.
Property name in Table Object Model: Label
Hide options
By default, categories and other items are displayed in the table when you add them. Select from these options to hide the category so that it never appears on a table, or to hide it only when it occurs on the top or on the side of a table.
Property name in Table Object Model: IsHidden, IsHiddenWhenColumn, IsHiddenWhenRow
Keep fixed when sorting
Specifies that an element's position in the row or column is fixed when the table is sorted.
Property name in Table Object Model: IsFixed
Miscellaneous (read-only)
You cannot change the category's name in this pane. You can change the name of a category by editing the variable syntax using the Script pane.
Property name in Table Object Model: Name
This is the full syntax for the category. The specification is blank for categories that are built into the variable.
Property name in Table Object Model: Specification
This shows the category or item type. These correspond to the items that you can create in a variable, such as user-defined categories, means, totals and so on. See Insert Categories dialogfor more information.
Property name in Table Object Model: Type
See also
Edit Variable dialog