Text verbatims

Search and recode open end responses

Updated at February 9th, 2021

Protobi supports simple search and filtering of text verbatims. The search filter appears when there are 10 or more distinct values.

Example filters

Try entering the following filters:

  • able matches any element containing the string 'able'
  • able$ matches any element ending with the string 'able'
  • ^fa matches any string starting with 'fa'
  • some|ful matches any string containing 'some' or 'ful'

Values are filtered out as you type, but do not drill in. Press the "Apply" button to actually enter the filter as a subsetting constraint.

Protobi search uses Regular Expressions, which can be very simple to very expressive. See the RegEx cheat sheet.

Video tutorial


Q7 is a text open-end. You can search text responses for fragments like "good" or "interesting". You can enter pipes to select values that mention "good" or "interesting". 

Click "apply" and we can see the responses of people who mentioned "good" or "interesting" only. 

See related

The Condense text verbatims tutorial explains how you can combine questions where respondents are asked for multiple text reponses.

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