Enhancing Data Quality with Regex Validation: A quick guide

Regex validation is a powerful tool in SurveySparrow that ensures the accuracy and completeness of collected data, especially when it comes to validating email addresses. By using Regular Expressions (regex), you can easily verify that respondents provide valid email addresses in your surveys. Let's walk you through the process of setting up regex validation for email text input in SurveySparrow, helping you collect reliable data.

Here are the steps to set up regex validation:

  1. Accessing the Survey Editor:
  • Log in to your SurveySparrow account.
  • Navigate to the survey where you want to set up email validation or create a new survey.
    Adding a Text Input Question:
  • Once you are in the survey editor, click on the "Add New Question" button.
  • Choose the "Text" question type from the available options.
  1. Enabling Validation Settings:
  • After adding the text input question, click on the question to open the settings panel on the right side.
  • Under the "Validation" section, toggle the switch to enable validation for the text input question.
  1. Entering the Regex Pattern:
  • In the validation settings, find the "Pattern" input field.
  • Enter the regex pattern for email validation. A commonly used pattern for email validation is: [1]+@[a-zA-Z0-9.-]+.[a-zA-Z]{2,}$ This regex pattern checks for the correct email format with a local part before the "@" symbol, followed by a domain part after the "@" symbol.
  1. Customizing Error Messages (Optional):
  • If respondents enter an invalid email address that does not match the regex pattern, you can set a custom error message to provide feedback to the respondents.
  • Use the "Error Message" field to enter a user-friendly error message indicating that the email format is incorrect.
  1. Save and Preview:
  • Save the changes made to the text input question by clicking on the "Save" button.
  • Preview the survey to ensure that the email validation is working as expected.

Conclusion: By following these steps, you can easily set up regex validation for email text input in SurveySparrow. This will help you collect accurate and valid email addresses from respondents, making your data more reliable and useful for analysis.

Remember to thoroughly test the validation to ensure it functions as intended before deploying your survey to respondents. Happy surveying!

For more examples of the Regex validation formula, please go through the below link.

If you have any further questions or need more information, feel free to ask!:grinning:

  1. a-zA-Z0-9._%+- ↩︎