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Can I add a "hidden" variable after the data has been collected?

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Can I put a "hidden" variable in the questionnaire after the data has already been collected? Will it still work and calculate a new variable?
related to an answer for: Calculating a new variable based on items
asked Dec 12, 2012 by anonymous

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As far as I know, no. Its not pssoble. Your best bet would be to calculate the ne vvariable in excel, spss etc
answered Dec 12, 2012 by Bahadir Ozkurt Gold (16,910 points)
This is correct.  Saving answers to the respondent records happens when each page submits.  In version 8 you can download the data into CSV format and add the calculation there before merging in the data, but in previous versions you are for sure better off calculating it in something else.