Creating Variables: Distance From Campus
Hi folks. This is the first entry in a new series I’ll call “Creating Variables“. This series will explain the creation and use of helpful predictive variables that might not be present in your existing datasets.
To begin, we’ll need to hook the applicant data into a transform node:
Opening the transform node, we’ll need to select “Distance Between” from the formula drop-down menu:
In the “Enter a Formula” window, you’ll want to enter:
Where “A” is the variable in your dataset that represents each applicant’s zip code, and ‘03818’ is replaced by your institution’s zip code. Be sure to set the result type to “Integer” and name your new variable “Distance from Campus” before saving. If you preview your data, you’ll see that each student now has a value in the “Distance from Campus” column, which will be located all the way on the right as you scroll through your admission variables.
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