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What if you want to import some existing data which is just links? This is sometimes called an “edge list”.
This is basically no different from any other upload. You can append the links to an existing file or overwrite the existing links.
You can import this kind of file too, using the Standard Format Excel upload button.
Your Excel xlsx file should have a single tab called
links, containing two columns called
to_label which contain the names of your factors.
If you links don’t really have statements, it is enough to just provide a links tab. However in Causal Map, links are always supposed to have some kind of evidence, so (unless you are uploading into an existing file). If you don’t provide a
statements tab, Causal Map will add one with just one dummy statement.
That’s the basic setup. But maybe you also want to provide information about what statement, question or source the link is associated with. In which case, these are your options:
- Optionally, your links tab can also contain other columns as usual, in particular it can contain the column
- If you include a
question_idcolumn, you should include an additional tab called
questionscontaining at least the column
question_idand other columns providing information about the questions, e.g. full question text, questionnaire section etc, where relevant.
- Optionally, your links tab can also contain a column
- If you include a
statement_idcolumn, you can optionally include, as usual, an additional tab called
statementscontaining at least the column
statement_idand a column
textcontaining the text of your statements.
- If you optionally include a
statementstab, you can optionally also include a
source_idcolumn and a corresponding tab called
sourceswith a corresponding
source_idcolumn and more columns to provide information like gender, location, or any other information about the source of each statement.
- Optionally, your links tab can also contain a column labelled
quote, containing the actual quote which underpins each causal claim aka link.
- Usually, this quote will be a verbatim section of the text in a corresponding additional tab called
statements, see above.