"Import" is confusing

Discuss the jamovi platform, possible improvements, etc.

by dak » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:12 pm

The Import feature is great and I get why it is called Import. However, in similar software, Import typically means "open a file that is in another format".

Consequently, I keep seeing students use Import when trying to open an SPSS file, for example. They don't seem to pick up on the distinction even though Import leaves the 3 default variables.

In my vocabulary, Import is actually "Append", "Add Cases", or "Add Observations". It could instead be as a button on the Data tab. Or, perhaps there could be some text explaining it, or an option to either replace or add data.

Since it keeps happening, I thought I'd let you know in case it could be clarified.

Thanks! It's nice to have Jamovi an an option especially now as students lose access to on-campus software.
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by jonathon » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:16 am

hey dak,

let me think about it

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