Creating Survey Charts (Pro Version)

WISCO Survey Power's built-in charting program produces easy to understand charts of even the most complex survey questions. You have complete control over chart type, titles, labels, axes, colors, ticks, and even 3-D effects and zooming.

survey chart

Questions and Options
The WISCO Survey Power program automatically determines the types of charts that can be created for each survey question. Some question types allow more than one chart to be created. For example, a multiple scale question could graph the average values of each choice, and can use lines to connect all points for each choice.

When a question is selected on the left, the question text is displayed on the right, and the question choices and counts are displayed on the lower part of the screen.

Automatic Calculation
If checked, and the question option is valid, the calculation is completed and chart will be created before this window is displayed.

Include Other Totals in Calculations and Charts
Multiple Choice(Other), Single Choice(Other), and some Text Entry can have the count of other responses included in the calculations and charts depending if the checkbox is marked.

Include No Responses in Calculations
If checked, an extra section will be added to the charts to indicate the number of respondents that did not answer the question.

Use Four Divisions with Numeric Distributions
Numerical questions with a single response can be charted showing the distribution of the values from lowest to highest values in either four groups (Quartiles) or ten percentage groups.

Use Percent Labels for Numeric Distributions
This setting affects the X-axis labels for Numeric Group, Numeric Entry, and Multi-Column Numeric type questions. If checked the actual numeric range for each group will be used. If unchecked, the percentage range (eg. 0 - 25%) will be used for the X-axis chart label.

Use Multiple Colors for Single Chart Series
This setting only affects charts using one series of numbers. If checked each bar of a bar chart will use a different color. If unchecked, all bars will use the same color.

The Clear button will clear all calculated results from memory, clear the displayed chart, and reset the selection to the first chart option.

If Automatic Calculation is not checked, and a chart option is selected. Click the Create button to create the chart and display the analysis.

The Questions button will display a complete listing of all questions, the associated question type, choices, and related information.

View Chart
The panel buttons at the top and left side of the charts let you have complete control over colors, titles, axes, ticks, legends, 3-D, chart type, fonts, marks, labels, tilting, order, zoom, and print preview. Charts can be saved as a Bitmap, JPEG, PCX, PNG, Metafile, and Enhanced MetaFile formatted files. A description for the use of each of the panel buttons is located in the Chart Editor section of this manual.

chart editor

Clicking the Help button will display this help file information.

Clicking the OK button will leave the chart screen, returning to the opening program screen.

Custom Chart Template

custom chart template

The three button on the left side of the button panel can be used to load, save, and delete custom templates for the chart. Hints are displayed as you hover the mouse over the buttons. When you have modified your chart settings, and wish to apply these settings to other charts for the same question option, you should save these settings by clicking on the middle button. The save button on the custom bar saves the template without the chart data so the template can be applied to other charts.

Chart files use the extension *.tee. These files are saved in the same folder as the survey questions and data. In the example above, the chart settings for single question type 6, option F are saved in a template file called SingleCht6F.tee When a new chart is displayed, any previously saved template can be applied to the new chart data by loading the existing template. To delete a chart template, click the Delete Template button. The default behavior of the saved templates is to apply to all questions of the same type and option. If you want to restrict the template to the single question, the tee file name should be changed by adding the question number after the option letter.

Multiple-Question Charts
The multiple question chart menu allows you to create charts easily by combining data from different questions or selected data from the same question.

The question selected from the pull-down box will be used for the first set of data(series) and will be determine the chart title, and X and Y axis labels. Up to 11 more data series (total of 12) can be chosen from the list box by marking the checkbox next to the description. When you have finished selecting the additional data series, click create. The data from the selected series will be displayed in the table on the lower part of the screen. The chart is displayed on the second tabbed page.

To quickly clear the check marks from the list box, click the Clear Check button.

Using Multiple Question Charts
For example, you could have one question that asked your respondents to rate the 10 most recent presidents (excellent to poor). A normal chart would chart the ratings of all 10 presidents. This chart option would allow you to easily create a chart with the ratings of only Democrats or Republicans, (or you could pick the most recent 5 from the entire list), etc.

You could also combine results from different questions. For example, a survey could have a series of questions about relationships between groups in the work environment. This chart option would allow you to combine the results from multiple questions into one chart.

Page last updated: January 26, 2008