What good are named data fields?

When building a Form-Based Worksheet, you can add inputs and give those inputs field names.

Why would you bother?

Named fields can be used in any of three ways:
  1. As a value that can be piped into a Metric
  2. As a value used to compute another value (in the same worksheet)
  3. As a field that can be reported on in the Data Lab

It's nice to be able to skip naming a given form input if the answers your clients will enter will only be useful as part of that Worksheet.


But if that data could be useful in other contexts, by all means give it a name!