To analyze data in Displayr, you need to:
- Create a new document.
- Add data to the document.
Create a new document
After you have logged into Displayr, you will typically be on the Documents screen, where you can create a new document by pressing + New Document. The screen will then look similar to the one below. It is literally a blank canvas.
Add data to the document
There are four basic ways of adding data to a document:
Add as a data set
Most data analyses in Displayr involve the use of a data set. For example, with surveys, data sets typically contain the responses from each person to complete a survey. To connect Displayr to a data set, press Add a Data Set (bottom-left of the screen).
You can then choose from the various ways of connecting to data.
The most common ways are:
- My Computer involves importing a data set stored on your computer (e.g., an SPSS data file, an Excel file, or a CSV file).
- SurveyMonkey, which connects to surveys hosted by SurveyMonkey.
- Forsta (formerly Decipher), which connects to surveys hosted by Forsta/Decipher.
- Qualtrics, which connects to surveys hosted by Qualtrics.
- SQL, which involves connecting to a relational database.
If you are relatively new to analyzing survey data, please read Find the Best Possible Data File before proceeding, as a lot of time can be saved by making sure you have the best possible file format.
Copy and paste as a table
Tables of data can be copied and pasted from other apps (such as Excel) directly into Displayr. These can be tables of raw data, a table of aggregated data (such as a summary table), or any sort of information in table format. You can create a standalone table on the Page through Table > Paste or Enter Table and the Paste or type data button. Many visualizations also have a Paste or type data button inside their object inspector where you can paste in your table of data to plot directly into the visualization. When data is added by pasting in, you can use it in other outputs, but many standard analyses are not available (e.g., our built-in stat testing). Consequently, if importing an entire data set, it is usually preferable to do so by adding the data set (see the previous section), rather than pasting.
You can write code to add data to your Displayr Document. There are a variety of ways of doing this, including:
- You can create a custom calculation, and write code for importing the data set into the calculation.
- You can add a data set and choose the R option, and then write code to import the data set.
- You can use the Displayr API.
Add Miscellaneous Data using a Widget
Current Displayr has outputs that can pull in data without using code for:
- Google trends, see How to Import and Analyze Google Trends Data.
- Stock prices, see How to Import and Analyze Stock Price Data.
Once you have the data in Displayr, the next step is to Check Your Data.
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