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Which file types can I work with?
UNICOM Intelligence Professional works with UNICOM Intelligence script files of the following types:
Data Management Script (.dms) files
These scripts are used for performing data management tasks, such as cleaning and transferring data, creating derived variables for use during analysis, and setting up weighting schemes. A data management script has two or more different sections, which have different coding rules and use different technologies. For example, the InputDataSource section uses property definition and SQL syntax, whereas the Metadata section is written in mrScriptMetadata, and the Event sections are written in mrScriptBasic. A data management script is particularly useful when you want to clean and transfer data and create derived variables, because it handles the connections to the input and output data sources, the merging of the metadata, and gives you scriptable access to the case data (in the OnNextCase Event section). You can run your data management scripts from the UNICOM Intelligence Professional IDE or by using the DMS Runner. For more information, see Data management scripting.
mrScriptBasic (.mrs) files
mrScriptBasic is a programming language that enables scriptable access to UNICOM Intelligence components. You would typically use a standalone mrScriptBasic script to perform tasks that do not involve transforming data, such as creating reports, topline tables and charts. Sometimes you might develop a mrScriptBasic script for use as an Include file in one of the Event sections of a data management script. You can run and debug your mrScriptBasic scripts from the UNICOM Intelligence Professional IDE.
Interview Script (.mdd) files
These scripts are used to create interviews that can be activated in version 3.0 (or later) of UNICOM Intelligence Interviewer - Server. Interview scripts have a Metadata section, and one or more Routing sections. The Metadata section is used to define the questions that will be asked during the interview and is written in mrScriptMetadata. A Routing section is written in mrScriptBasic and defines which of the questions will be asked during an interview, and in what order they will be asked. You can have individual routing sections for different interview environments, for example, “Web” and “Paper”. For more information, see Interview scripting.
Additional file types
In addition to UNICOM Intelligence scripts, you can also use UNICOM Intelligence Professional to create and edit the following types of files:
text (.txt) files
HTML files
XML files
Rich Text Format (.rtf) files
You can also open other types of text files, such as log files.
If you have UNICOM Intelligence Reporter, you can use UNICOM Intelligence Professional to create an .mtd file that can be opened in UNICOM Intelligence Reporter - Survey Tabulation. However, you do not create or edit .mtd files directly. Instead, you create them using a script. For more information, see Creating a simple table of Age by Gender.
See also
Using UNICOM Intelligence Professional