The Categorical Bin is a name interpreter Interface that collects nominal data on the alters in a participant’s network. When using the Categorical Bin, participants drag and drop alters one-by-one into colorful circles which each represent a category of the categorical variable. Once placed, participants can tap on any category and move alters within that category to any other.
Additionally an other variable can be specified for custom responses that don’t fit into the pre-configured categories.
Use this Interface to collect nominal data on alters. Although a Toggle Button Group can be added as an input control on other interfaces, the drag and drop functionality on the Categorical Bin provides a tactile method to capturing these data that is engaging for participants.
Try to Avoid
Avoid using more than eight categories on this Interface. More categories cause the category labels to be difficult to read and the other visual compromises on the Interface become compromised.
Avoid using the Categorical Bin to capture dichotomous variables. Dichotomous variables are best captured using the Toggle input control (on a Name Generator or Per Alter Form) or using the variable toggling feature on the Sociogram.