inverting data #2

answers to 30 questions using a Likert scale i.e. they answered either
1,2,3,4 or 5 to each question. The data is in the following form:
Question #
q1	q2	q3	q4	q5
1	2	4	2	1	2
2	4	1	2	1	4
3	4	4	2	1	4
4	2	3	2	2	5
5	2	3	4	5	3

My problem is that half of the questions were asked in a negative direction
to avoid possible response bias. For the answers to these questions, I need
to reverse the answers. If the repondant answered 1, I want to record 5, if 2
then 4, if 3 then 3, if 4 then 2, if 5 then 1. Is there any easy way to do
this in Excel for a 30x93matrix of data?
I'd appreciate some help, I can't get my head around it at the moment!

Regards,
Andrew
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andoh (1)
8/26/2006 4:10:01 PM
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One method.

=LOOKUP(A1,{1,2,3,4,5},{5,4,3,2,1})

Drag/copy across and down to get your new matrix as a reverse of the current
one.

Gord Dibben  MS Excel MVP

On Sat, 26 Aug 2006 09:10:01 -0700, andoh <andoh@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote:

>answers to 30 questions using a Likert scale i.e. they answered either
>1,2,3,4 or 5 to each question. The data is in the following form:
>	Question #
>	q1	q2	q3	q4	q5
>1	2	4	2	1	2
>2	4	1	2	1	4
>3	4	4	2	1	4
>4	2	3	2	2	5
>5	2	3	4	5	3
>
>My problem is that half of the questions were asked in a negative direction
>to avoid possible response bias. For the answers to these questions, I need
>to reverse the answers. If the repondant answered 1, I want to record 5, if 2
>then 4, if 3 then 3, if 4 then 2, if 5 then 1. Is there any easy way to do
>this in Excel for a 30x93matrix of data?
>I'd appreciate some help, I can't get my head around it at the moment!
>
>Regards,
>Andrew

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Gord
8/26/2006 4:24:05 PM
How do you know which ones to convert?

If they're all in a nice contiguous range (say Question 16 to question 30), you
could:

put 6 in an empty cell
edit|copy
select the range to convert
edit|paste special|check Subtract

Then put -1 in that formerly empty cell
edit|copy
select the same range to convert
edit|paste special|check multiply

You could also just use helper columns of cells and use a formula like:
=6-A2
and drag down the helper column.

andoh wrote:
>
> answers to 30 questions using a Likert scale i.e. they answered either
> 1,2,3,4 or 5 to each question. The data is in the following form:
>         Question #
>         q1      q2      q3      q4      q5
> 1       2       4       2       1       2
> 2       4       1       2       1       4
> 3       4       4       2       1       4
> 4       2       3       2       2       5
> 5       2       3       4       5       3
>
> My problem is that half of the questions were asked in a negative direction
> to avoid possible response bias. For the answers to these questions, I need
> to reverse the answers. If the repondant answered 1, I want to record 5, if 2
> then 4, if 3 then 3, if 4 then 2, if 5 then 1. Is there any easy way to do
> this in Excel for a 30x93matrix of data?
> I'd appreciate some help, I can't get my head around it at the moment!
>
> Regards,
> Andrew

--

Dave Peterson
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petersod (12005)
8/26/2006 4:51:36 PM

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