Open-Ended Question

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A question that permits a respondent to provide an answer without forcing them to choose from a pre-specified list of options. Typically, open-ended questions will either:

  • Provide no practical constraint to the nature of the answer (e.g., present respondents with a text box into which they can type any answer).
  • Require the respondent to provide a numeric answer, which may be further constrained to whole numbers and/or to numbers in a pre-specified range.

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