Creating a score for consensus and divergent responses in a table

serendipiteez

New Member
Hi there,

I am looking for a way to rank responses to a survey based on the degree of alignment. I am having trouble coming up with a formula for this. I want to rank the table from most consensus (agreement) to least agreement (divergence) based on a computed score.

Basically, my sheet has four categories (category 1, category 2, category 3, category 4) and 10 questions. Let's assume that 100 people answer the survey.

 CATEGORY 1 CATEGORY 2 CATEGORY 3 CATEGORY 4 Question 1 100 0 0 0 Question 2 75 25 0 0 Question 3 50 50 0 0 ........ Question 9 50 30 20 0 Question 10 25 25 25 25

You can see that most people have put their responses in Category 1, so there are all in agreement (alignment), so this should get a score of 100. In Question 10, people were quite divergent in their opinions, and it's equally distributed across different categories, so this should get a score of 0.

How do I achieve this through a formula?

My objective to understand where people agree and where they don't. I have tried std.dev and other formulas for dispersion, but have not had any luck.

Thanks very much.

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jmacleary

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Hi there. You don't seem to have given enough information about the 'in-betweens' to be able to offer a solution. For example, q2 has 2 categories answered with different quantities - what would you expect there? 0.75, 0.5, 0.6667? I'm thinking maybe something along the lines of averaging the totals and a calculation based on the number of different categories answered?

serendipiteez

New Member
Apologies for that. I imagine that Question 2 might be 0.75 or 0.67. Question 3 would likely be a score of 0.5 (or 50) depending on the scale we choose to use. So it can be either out of 1 or out of 100.

I am open to different approaches.

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