Restricting a date variable using month-year on XLS

Greetings, I want to restrict a date variable in the month-year appearance such that I want responces to be from say Jan-13 to Sep-18.

Hi @bkgwadi,

Please follow the syntax as shown in the image below to display your input date in “month-year appearance” constraining from Jan 2013 to Sep 2018.

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Please be aware, the month-year appearance on a date question only affects how the date is displayed, it does not change the fact that a full date is still being stored. Specifically “2019-06” will get stored as 2019-06-01.

This is especially important if you then use these in any comparison calculation. For example, if you want to check if a date is between Dec 2018 (ie >= 2018-12-01) and January 2019, you’d actually probably want to check against February 2019 (ie < 2019-02-01), since January 2019 is actually stored as January 1 (!) 2019.

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Kindly note @Kal_Lam post

Please be aware, the month-year appearance on a date question only affects how the date is displayed, it does not change the fact that a full date is still being stored. Specifically

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Thank you @Kal_Lam

I have another qualm. I am trying to use this statement to avoid responding to a question already asked.

((${select_survey} != ‘dryland’ and ${select_survey} = ‘livestock’) or (${select_survey} != ‘dryland’))

Check cell J13 on the Excel form, been trying to avoid having to repeat the same question. Where am I going wrong?Outcomes_Test.xlsx (27.7 KB)

Hi
Your constraint has included two conditions that do not work together AND with OR you are better of creating intermediate dummies to cater for a simple AND only or OR only logic.

Regards
Stephane

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Hi,
as far as we experienced, there is no problem to combine and with or conditions, IF they are separated by/in brackets, i.e. not evaluated at the same level. Like (a=1 or a=3) and (b=3).

There is another issue in your formula, I think: select_survey is a multiple_selection variable, so you need to work with selected (${select_survey} ‘livestock’) …
Kind regards

FYI these things are unambiguously described in the official XPath Specification regarding the precedence order of operators when evaluating XPath expressions. Specifically, from lowest-to-highest precedence:

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|4 |or                                                      |left-to-right|
|5 |and                                                     |left-to-right|
|6 |eq, ne, lt, le, gt, ge, =, !=, <, <=, >, >=, is, <<, >> |left-to-right|
|7 |to                                                      |left-to-right|
|8 |+, -                                                    |left-to-right|
|9 |*, div, idiv, mod                                       |left-to-right|

Which is to say, AND’s have a higher precedence and are evaluated before ORs (and relational operators before both).

When in doubt, consult the precedence order, or stick a bracket around it :slight_smile:

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