How to analyse open-ended survey responses with ChatGPT integration

How to analyse open-ended survey responses with ChatGPT integration

Survalyzer, equipped with advanced AI capabilities, presents a potent solution to analyze open-ended responses, breaking down complex data into comprehensible, actionable insights. But we didn’t stop at just that.

In this article, we will navigate the journey of how the Survalyzer and ChatGPT integration is reshaping the analysis of open-ended survey responses. We will delve into sentiment analysis and topic analysis, two integral parts of AI-powered text analytics, crucial for understanding the depth and context of survey responses.

How can AI be useful for open text analytics?

In the field of text analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) has quickly established itself as a crucial tool, enabling a number of functions that convert unstructured data into useful insights. Unstructured content may consist of consumer reviews, social media comments, survey replies, and more. Here are some crucial areas where AI is essential:

  1. Sentiment Analysis: It involves determining the emotional tone or subjective information present in the text. 
  2. Categorization: AI classifies text into predetermined groups according to its content. This can include more complex categories like the urgency of requests from customers, as well as simple classifications like the subject matter of a text (such as sports, politics, or technology).
  3. Translation of Open Text: This enables businesses to understand customers’ feedback or opinions, helping them with their global strategies.
  4. Anonymization: Automated process of identifying and removing personally identifiable information (PII) from text responses, ensuring data privacy.
  5. Text Summarization: AI can also condense large pieces of text into shorter versions, retaining key points and overall meaning.
  6. Trend Analysis/Anomaly Detection: AI can detect anomalies that deviate from the norm, which could signal a problem requiring immediate attention. For instance, a sudden spike in negative reviews could indicate an issue with a product or service.

As we dive deeper into this topic, we’ll elaborate on each point and explain which belongs to Survalyzer through its integration with ChatGPT.

What is Sentiment Analysis?

At its core, sentiment analysis, also known as opinion mining, is a computational technique used to identify and categorize sentiments expressed in a piece of text, especially opinions as positive, negative, or neutral. It can range from analyzing a simple binary positive/negative sentiment in a text to more complex tasks like detecting emotional states or subjective information.

Why Use AI for Sentiment Analysis?

Leveraging AI for sentiment analysis offers businesses and researchers a unique way to sense their audience’s feelings about specific topics, products, or services. It digs into the subtle tones of language that express positive, negative, or neutral attitudes. So, it’s not just about understanding what people are saying, but also sensing their emotions. This provides a richer, more comprehensive understanding of their perspective.

Business Use Cases

Sentiment analysis is particularly useful in several areas:

  • In customer service, sentiment analysis can help prioritize responses. Urgent issues or negative sentiments could be addressed first to improve customer satisfaction and retention rates.

  • In public relations, understanding sentiment can guide communication strategies and crisis management.

  • In social media monitoring: brands can use sentiment analysis to monitor social media and understand how people are talking about their brand online. It can help detect trends, monitor changes over time, and understand the impact of specific events or campaigns.

  • In market research, it can help identify public opinion trends, assess customer satisfaction, and even predict future behaviours. For instance, positive sentiments could indicate effective marketing strategies or popular products, while negative sentiments might flag areas for improvement.

Sentiment Analysis with ChatGPT: How it Works

ChatGPT integration with Survalyzer enables a basic level of sentiment analysis by analyzing open-ended responses to surveys. By understanding textual data’s emotional undertones, our clients can make informed decisions that align with their audience’s feelings and perspectives.

You could ask “but why not 100 percent?” Because like any AI-based operation, sentiment analysis has its share of challenges. One notable hurdle is accurately interpreting short responses. A brief answer can be open to several interpretations, and without additional context, AI can struggle to accurately assess sentiment.

Take, for instance, the word “speed.” Depending on the context, it could denote a positive or negative sentiment. If a respondent writes, “I love the service speed,” the sentiment is positive. Conversely, if they say, “The service speed was overwhelming,” the sentiment could be negative. AI needs context to analyze sentiment accurately.

Word cloud with included sentiment in ChatGPT integration inside Survalyzer

Despite these challenges, we’ve successfully applied sentiment analysis to real-world business scenarios. A prime example is our work on the DPD dashboard. We enabled our client to conduct sentiment analysis on large volumes of textual data, successfully identifying prevailing sentiments and themes. This information helped provide actionable insights, allowing the company to understand their customers better and improve their service quality.

What is Topic Analysis?

Topic analysis, also referred to as text categorization, is an automated process used in natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning. It involves classifying text into organized groups based on identified topics. Simply put, topic analysis allows AI to read through vast amounts of text and assign ‘tags’ or ‘categories’ based on the themes they detect.

Why is topic analysis important?

  • Topic analysis helps break down large volumes of text into more manageable, organized chunks of information. Given the sheer volume of data businesses accumulate, this function allows for a more efficient data analysis approach.
  • Secondly, it uncovers key insights that may not be immediately visible in raw, unstructured text. By categorizing responses, businesses can identify patterns, trends, and areas of interest most relevant to their objectives.
  • Lastly, topic analysis aids in sentiment analysis by assigning sentiment values to specific categories. It can help determine whether a product feature is received positively or negatively or if certain aspects of a service are problematic.

Business Use Cases

Topic analysis has broad applications in numerous fields. For businesses, it can help sift through customer feedback to identify common issues or areas of improvement. In the market research industry, it uncovers trends and patterns that inform strategy and decision-making.

For example, a logistic company like DPD could use topic analysis to categorize customer reviews into topics such as delivery, product quality, or customer service. This not only helps identify areas for improvement but also highlights what the company is doing well.

Topic Analysis with ChatGPT: How it Works

Recognizing key topics from a plethora of responses can be a daunting task. With the Survalyzer’s integration of ChatGPT, this is no longer a problem. With our solution to each question you can provide a list of topics that will be assign per each interview.

This feature becomes particularly potent in the context of large-scale surveys, where the volume of responses can reach upwards of a thousand. The AI meticulously scans each entry, ensuring whether a specific topic is present or absent. This streamlines the process and uncovering insights in a more efficient and precise manner.

Let’s take a practical example from our work with the DPD Dashboard. The categories are defined based on the customer feedback areas that DPD wants to track, and the amount of data collected enables us to create a dashboard that visualizes it.

Business intelligence dashboard inside chatGPT integration in Survalyzer Platform

With high accuracy, ChatGPT assigns each piece of feedback to the corresponding category, providing a structured and easy-to-understand analysis. This level of detail allows DPD to not only know what customers are saying but also understand the specific areas these comments are referring to, enabling targeted improvements.


In the age of globalization, data sources often span multiple languages, which poses a challenge for text analytics. AI-driven translation can be a game-changer in this respect. It enables the swift and efficient conversion of open-ended survey responses from various languages into a unified language for analysis.

Why Use AI for Translation?

Language should not be a barrier to understanding your audience. AI translation enables businesses and researchers to process and analyze multilingual data, turning a potential obstacle into a valuable asset. It ensures that insights are not lost due to language barriers and that each response, regardless of its language, contributes to the overall analysis.

AI-driven translation also brings efficiency and scalability. Manual translation can be costly and time-consuming, especially when dealing with large data sets. With AI, translations can be done quickly and at a fraction of the cost, enabling real-time analysis of multilingual data.

Example of Translation from ChatGPT integration in Survalyzer

Our integration with ChatGPT can ensure that valuable insights don’t get lost due to language differences. It helps keep the analysis precise and consistent. By tackling language barriers, this AI-powered translation increases the range of data considered for analysis. As a result, it generates insights that are more extensive and representative of a global perspective.


Personally Identifiable Information (PII) removal, also known as anonymization, plays a critical role in AI-driven text analytics, especially in open-ended survey responses. PII includes any data that could identify a specific individual, such as names, addresses, or phone numbers. In the realm of data analytics, maintaining respondents’ privacy is paramount, not only for ethical reasons but also to comply with various data protection laws and regulations.

Why Use AI for Anonymization?

The value of using AI in this context is multi-fold. For one, it’s a question of scale. Manually scrubbing large volumes of data for PII is labor-intensive, time-consuming, and prone to error. With AI, this task can be accomplished quickly, accurately, and at scale.

Value is also derived from maintaining compliance and a brand reputation. Data privacy regulations around the globe, such as GDPR in Europe and CCPA in California, mandate personal data protection. Non-compliance can result in hefty fines and, more importantly, customer trust. Anonymization ensures compliance, reduces legal risks, and helps maintain your brand integrity.

Translation and PII removal inside Chat GPT integration in Survalyzer platform

Our AI engine analyzes text responses while ensuring anonymity, safeguarding personal information. This results in a robust and ethical data analysis process where insights are derived without compromising individual privacy.

Getting Started with ChatGPT integration

From exploring the wide range of applications for AI in open-ended response analysis, we demonstrated how Survalyzer’s AI capabilities, powered by ChatGPT, can be harnessed. Sentiment analysis, topic analysis, and the flexibility to customize categories and topics as per your research needs have all been made significantly easier and more efficient. The best part about this integration is that it’s incredibly easy to set up.

If you have a Survalyzer Professional Analytics license, you can enable our AI feature from the side tab in the reports view. From there you can choose which interviews to analyze by our AI engine and select whether you want to translate or anonymize the text.

Selecting topics inside ChatGPT integration in Survalyzer

The wizard guides you through the individual steps. You can select which questions should be subjected to sentiment analysis and provide a list of topics to be analyzed and assigned for each interview.

If you want to know more about setting up ChatGPT integration, you can read it in our guide.

Christian Hyka

Managing Partner
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