System Variables Explained

Whenever you request the raw data (via Excel reports, CSV file, or the Response Viewer), the first few columns of data are the System Variables that the survey engine captures for each respondent. You can view the system variables under the response viewer.

Go to: Login » Surveys » Manage Data » Responses

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Response ID:

This is the unique identifier associated with each survey response. This number is auto-generated by the application. Every survey response has its own unique identifier.

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IP Address:

This is the Internet IP Address of the user responding to the survey. Please note that if your users are coming through proxy servers (AOL, Corporate Networks), the IP Address will not be unique.

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Timestamp:

This is the Server Timestamp for the response. Our data center is located in United States (West Coast) Pacific Timezone.

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Device Data:

This field will capture the type of device and operating system used to access the survey. Device data captured here is the same as device data shown in the Real-time Summary.

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Time Taken To Complete (Seconds):

This is the time taken for the respondent to complete the survey. In cases where the respondent does not complete the survey, this will be 0 since the respondent did not complete the survey.

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Response Status:

Status for the response whether it is completed or incomplete.

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Sequence Number:

In surveys with looping the same question may be asked multiple times depending upon how the respondent answered to a preceding question. The Sequence Number represents each loop i.e. the number of times that question was displayed depending on the answer options selected. For each loop a new instance of that response is created and saved in a new line with the specific Sequence Number. For information on looping please refer to the Multiple Looping link below.

If the respondent uses browser back button to move back in the survey to change or alter the answers and then after altering the answers advances in the survey to complete it, multiple sequence numbers will get generated with same response id number in the reports.

Note: If you there are multiple sequence numbers for one response and if you delete any sequence number from Responses section, it will delete all other sequence numbers associated with that response id number as all sequences are associated with each other.

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External Reference:

If you have your own custom identifiers that you’d like to pass on to the survey engine to record each unique respondent, this will show up here. If you take the survey using the Preview button, you will see “test_response” recorded.

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Custom Variables 1 to 5:

Custom variables will be displayed under these columns.

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Respondent Email:

If you distributed the survey via email from within QuestionPro (not export batch using an external email engine) and selected the respondent tracking link for the survey, then the email address of the respondent will appear here.

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Email List:

This will include the name of the email list used to distribute the survey. If you sent the same survey to multiple email lists, the different names of the email lists will appear here, depending on which email list the respondent was associated with.

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Country Code:

If your license level includes geo-coding, you will see the country code of the respondent.

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Region:

If your license level includes geo-coding, you will see the region code of the respondent (state/region).

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License

This feature/tools described here are available with the following license(s) :

Free License and above