Extraction Questions

What is extraction?

Extraction enables you to display the selected options of a multi-select question as answer options of the next question.

If the respondent selects options AOL and Earthlink for question 1, and simple extraction to a matrix table has been enabled, then the extracted question (question 2) will display only the options selected by the respondent. This makes the survey a better experience for the respondent and makes the data more valid for the researcher, since the respondent is not having to provide answers about items they have not used. This is how the extracted question will look:


How can I set up extraction?

To set up extraction, go to:

  • Login » Surveys (Select Survey) » Edit Survey
  • Hover over the question you want to extract answers FROM. This will bring up the fly-out menu on the right side of the screen.
  • Click Logic » select Extraction.
  • For a select many question, select the extraction type:
    • Simple Extraction: Target question will display selected options.
    • Reverse Extraction: Target question will display options that were not selected.



Can I extract answer options from a matrix question?

Yes, matrix extraction is also available. You would have to select the options that you want to include in the extraction.

Can I re-order the extracted question?

Yes. It is possible to re-order the extracted question to anywhere in the survey after the source question (the question from which you extract). However, once you re-order the extracted question, you will need to set up branching logic on the source question to go to the appropriate question.