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Survey Software

06/22/05 | by JAdP | Categories: TIA Life, Open Source, Blog

We prefer hosting our own wiki(survey) software, vs. using a third-party or using email. There are two good open source survey software packages: phpESP and PHP Surveyor. We chose phpESP for our purposes. There are four potential advantages to hosting your own software, if you can:

  1. The survey is up if your blog site is up with no additional lag time
  2. Some users may not be willing to follow an "off site" link
  3. You have the advantage of understanding and controlling the underlying statistical manipulations
  4. The survey will have the same look as your site

Email surveys may be ignored, or treated as spam. We've found that if folk are at your site, they will be more willing to complete a survey on your site than respond to an email survey.

Both phpESP and PHP Surveyor are written in PHP and use a MySQL database. They both allow you to format the public [presentation] areas of the survey using CSS templates. Both also allow you to export your survey results to CSV so that you can analyze the results in a spreadsheet such as Excel, though phpESP offers internal statistical analysis and presentation of results without exporting, including cross analysis and cross tabulation. PHP Surveyor has more predefined quesiton types, though phpESP gets there with increased flexibility. phpESP has gotten good reviews on its ease of use and statistical rigour. As soon as we free up some time, we'll subject both to Bernard Golden's Open Source Maturity Model and see how they compare.

Jacqueline Mackie Paisley Passey is looking for software to conduct a survey concerning blogging for her ECON 475 Econometrics class. We hope this information helps you. Let us know if you need anything in this area.

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el-matador-69

PHPSurveyor is now known as LimeSurvey

For more information visit: http://www.limesurvey.org

06/21/07 @ 06:39
Comment from: JAdP

Thank you for the update.

06/21/07 @ 09:03
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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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