Editing is the inspection of data forms to make a modification or correction of responses. This may seem as if the researcher is making sure that results come out as hoped, but this is not the case. The function of editing is to make the best sense out of what is in hand. One intent is to eliminate or minimise errors in the raw data. There are two basic sources of error: interviewer error and respondent error. Interviewers, for example, may check the wrong response category or not ask the proper flow-through questions. Interviewers can also be poor at recording answers to open-ended questions. Respondents may be inconsistent in their replies: at one point they may indicate they do not drink, yet later talk confidently in the manner of people who regularly drink. Editing gets rid of the inconsistencies and improves the quality of the raw data.

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