When designing a form, you can set up a pairwise matrix to copy a user-entered value cross-diagonally to ensure the matrix sorts correctly.

A pairwise matrix is typically used to evaluate priority or to measure the strength of a relationship between row and column values. In Minitab Workspace, you set up a pairwise matrix by creating a data-entry table that has the same variable in both the row and column.

When you choose to make cross-diagonal cells the same in a pairwise matrix, Minitab Workspace automatically copies the value entered by the user to the corresponding cross-diagonal cell. This is useful for sorting when the copied values in the pairwise matrix are hidden by conditional formatting, as shown in the following image.

- In design mode, connect the data-entry table to a data table and choose either of the following filter options.
- Show all rows or Show all columns
- Populate rows based on filter criteria below or Populate columns based on filter criteria below

- Connect the control in the repeating row and the control in the repeating column to the same data field.
- At the intersecting cell of the repeating row and the repeating column, double-click the control, and choose Always make cross-diagonal cell values the same. In fill-out mode, when a user enters a value in the repeating row, the value is copied to the corresponding cross-diagonal cell so the matrix sorts correctly.