Naming and Describing the Question Variable

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Click on the ‘Data Dictionary’ tab of the question. Here you’ll see two fields: Unique Name and Description. When a new question is created, Illume assigns a Unique Name to the question. This question’s unique name is “Q1.”

Illume uses this name in various places to refer to the question “What is your age?” For example, when you use Illume’s Data Manager to download the survey data, responses to the question “What is your age?” will appear under the variable name “Q1.” Let’s give the variable a more descriptive name.


  1. Change the Unique name from “Q1” to “AGE”. Type “AGE” into the “Unique name” text box.illume9
    NOTE: A unique name must start with a letter, and can contain any combination of letters, numbers, underscores (_), or hyphens (-). Unique names must be between 2 and 30 characters in length.
  1. The description field enables you to describe the data submitted in response to this question. The description you type here will appear in the Data Manager’s data dictionary, and in the data dictionary for any data you download in SAS or SPSS format.  The Description field may be left blank, and Illume will use the question prompt as the description. In this case, the question prompt works well as a description, so we will leave it blank.