How to mark non-sense/useless participants?


When analyzing results it happens (quite often) that some participants are speeders or give… lets say creative answers and needed to be excluded.

How do you mark them?

You can mark them quickly as “Disqualified” and “Complete” but both is not right:

  • Complete: Yes, they might have completed but are useless – would be a bias if we count them as Completed
  • Disqualified: A participant that does not fit to the screener criteria disqualified, but that is different to the useless participants

How to differ and easily mark such participants?

Do we need to use a custom tag? That would not be included in a report within the completion rates (completion type)

adamcohen388770 answered

    Hi Frederik,

    SurveyGizmo has a Data Cleaning tool that sounds like it might be what you are looking for. Take a look at the documentation here:

    This tool allows you to ‘quarantine’ responses rather than ‘disqualifying’ them.

    Hope this helps!

    Frederik commented
      • Hi Dominic,

        Thanks for your fast reply. I like the idea of the data-cleaning tool but you need to be careful using it (imho).
        But even with using this we need to manually check open text answers (“gibberish” is not sufficient) – is it possible to flag a participant “quarantine” manually? Did not find any option like this :(


      I’d love it if there was some way of doing this within SG, but I think everyone has slightly different rules/criteria for data cleaning. I end up exporting data in Excel, flagging records I want to exclude (based on rules such as speeding, straight-lining, contradictory responses, and then (together with unique identifier) uploading the data to SPSS or Q and excluding the flagged records. 

      adamcohen388770 answered


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