radio-buttons and PHP; may be a bit OT.

Gary Kline kline at
Thu Jun 18 21:18:33 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 04:56:34PM -0400, Bill Moran wrote:
> In response to Gary Kline <kline at>:
> > 	After a lot of trial and error I have a PHP version of radio buttons
> > 	working in a test.php.  It asks the user to rate the article/story 
> > 	in standard Lykert (5-way) methodology.  1) Liked ... to 5) Disliked.
> > 
> > 	The code works; still polishing for errors.  I need a way to store the
> > 	results, tho.  So, for story baz.php, say, should I save the count of
> > 	times rated, then average [%f] the ratings?  Or is there a more swift
> > 	algorithm?
> In my experience, you're best off storing the raw data, then generating
> statistics in a separate step.  That way, if you decide that you want to
> generate different statistics (mean vs. mode, for example) you still have
> the raw data to do so.
> If you're storing the results in a flat file, just have have the script
> append the new results to the end of the file, then have another process
> that comes along and reads the file, and generates a different file with
> the statistics.
> Of course, this is even easier if you're using a database.
	You're right about saving the raw data.  I know how to do that in a flat
	file, but other than having used mysql for PHPBB, no idea.  Shouldn't i
	only need that name of the file and that rating for mysql?  I do know how
	to create a database in mysql, but no more.  Can you show me what is
	required to grab from i need from the radiobutton data?


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> Bill Moran

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