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Q(uestionable) System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000074060D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Miller, JM: AUTHOR

Abstract

An overall software technique referred to herein as the Questionnaire (Q) System is shown in hi-level flow chart form in the figure. The Q System is a terminal-oriented system for the on-line processing of questionnaire-type data. It may be programmed in the APL language and uses the terminal system developed for that language. The major components of the system are programs which (1) construct a questionnaire, (2) administer the questionnaire and file records, and (3) select records from the file and perform statistical analyses on data in the selected records.

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Q(uestionable) System

An overall software technique referred to herein as the Questionnaire (Q) System is shown in hi-level flow chart form in the figure. The Q System is a terminal-oriented system for the on-line processing of questionnaire-type data. It may be programmed in the APL language and uses the terminal system developed for that language. The major components of the system are programs which (1) construct a questionnaire, (2) administer the questionnaire and file records, and (3) select records from the file and perform statistical analyses on data in the selected records.

The first step in using the Q system is construction of a questionnaire using QCON. This procedure sets up data storage structures and the arrays which contain information necessary for logical control of the operating program, QOP, and the statistics program, QSTAT. The operating program administers the questionnaire, does validity checks on data during entry, and "files" records by expanding the data storage arrays to receive the next record. When a number of records have been filed, the statistics program may be used to select records based on logical functions of stored data and do statistical analyses on data in the selected records. A program, QFORM, may be used to modify the format on data input or output and thus allow the use of preprinted forms.

Provision is made for seven types of data: names, variable-length alphanumeric, dates, fixed-length character, numbers, integers,...