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RachelS    0

I am working in Nvivo 11 Pro. I am trying to recode an attribute value, test scores, into ranges of ten. My project contains interviews and a survey of demographics and test scores. I have coded each interview to one case, and the cases also have all of their demographic data and test scores from the survey data.

The problem is when I tried to group the test scores into ranges and create a new attribute. NVivo keeps creating copies of all the cases (i.e. Smith (2)). The copy of each case has the attribute with the test score recoded into a range, but all the other attribute values are listed as unassigned. The original cases have all the attribute values that came in with the survey data, but the new recoded test score attribute is listed as unassigned. I can go into the case properties and select the value from the drop down menu, but I don't want to do this for each individual case.

How do I get NVivo to recode the test scores assign these values to the cases I already have, instead of copying them all? 

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QSRSupport    76

Hello RachelS,

It appears you are re importing the spreadsheet with the range coded values and adding it to the same case classification which is setting all the other attribute values of your cases to unassigned.

Please ensure the spreadsheet which has the column for range coded values has the same name for your Cases as the original file and then import this spreadsheet as a classification sheet in your project. Refer to the below help link for information on importing classification sheets in NVivo 11:


Ensure the first row of the file that you are importing as classification sheet has the name of the existing case classification in your NVivo project.

In Step 2 of the 'Import Classification Sheets wizard', tick the check box for 'Create new attributes if they do not exist' and keep the other options unticked.

In Step 3 of the wizard, select 'As names' and select the location of the folder where your cases are stored in the project. Also, untick the option for 'Create new cases if they do not exist'.

You should then have the new attribute value for range coded column assigned to your existing cases without changing the existing attribute values of the cases.

I hope this helps.



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RachelS    0

I did not re import the spreadsheet, I selected "classify cases from dataset" and using the group function created the new attribute. I would think NVivo should recognize that the new attribute applies to the cases I already have, since I have not changed the spreadsheet.

In step 2 of the classify cases from dataset wizard, I have been asking it to classify an existing folder, and selecting "cases", which does not work. I just tried creating new cases under a new folder, which had the same issue, where the cases in the new folder had the new attribute, but no other values, while my original cases retained their original values, but did not have the new attribute.

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