Continuous Sum

Continuous Sum

The Continuous Sum question type can be used to ask budget and calculation-related questions as a single unit. You can use number or slider fields to display each total sum. You can also add sum validation conditions to this. The total value will be displayed at the end of the question. Continuous sum questions are ideal for calculating the monthly expense of your family, or to calculate the subject marks and analyze the responses in the summary report. You can find the average expense in each category or average marks in each subject in the summary of responses. This question is useful when the survey owner wants to understand how the respondent allocates points (amount/count/mark) to each answer field. By default, the field answers cannot be less than zero.
For example, assume that you're running a cafe, and you'd like to know what your customers think is a reasonable price for each of the items on your menu. The report also lets you figure out how much they would be willing to pay as an average cost for the services and food you offer per person.

Continuous sum question sample:

To add a continuous sum question:

  1. Select Continuous Sum from the question types listed on the left pane. You can also drag and drop the question type to the builder.

  2. Type your question in the Question box. 
    1. If you want to mark the question mandatory, select the Make this question mandatory checkbox.
    2. If you want to make changes to the default Error message text that displays, edit the content in the text box.
    3. If you want to pipe in custom variables or variables from previous questions and customize the follow up questions, click the arrow next to Insert Variable right above the Question box, then select the variable you want to use from the list. Read more on Piping.
    4. In the Required number of fields dropdown list, select the number of fields you want to keep as mandatory. This can be in the form of at least, at most, exactly, or in between. This option only appears if the Make this question mandatory checkbox is selected.
  3. In the Field label section, you can add the labels in the following ways:
    1. If you are copying and pasting the labels, make sure you type in each choice on a separate line.
    2. If you want to add choices separately, click Individual Textboxes for Each Field right above the Answer box, and start adding the labels. Click + to add more fields, and click X to delete them. 
  4. Select Textbox or Slider in the Field display type section.
  5. Select Left or Top in the Field label position section to choose where to place the field.
  6. Select Validate sum, then choose Equal to, Less than, Greater than, or In between to validate the sum to a predefined number that matches the answer.
  7. Type an error message in the Validation error message field to display if the validation fails. 
  8. To learn what else you can do with the question, click Advanced options. You can perform the following actions:
    1. If you select Textbox in the Field display type section, select the size of the textbox, minimum, and maximum values in the Textbox sizeMinimum value, and Maximum value fields, respectively. If you want to allow using decimal values, select Allow decimal value.
    2. If you select Slider in the Field display type section, type in the number to move the values in the multiples of a finite number in the Step value textbox. Select the minimum and maximum values in the Minimum value and Maximum value fields respectively.
    3. If you'd like to hide the total value, select Hide total.
    4. Select Change the order of fields to randomize the answer options. Read more on randomization here.
    5. Add a Question hint to add hints to your question, and help your respondents get a clear idea what your questions are all about.
  9. Switch to the Display Logic tab to add a logic condition to the question.
  10. Click Save.
  11. Click Cancel to discard the changes.

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