All posts by Andreas Mueller

Scope & Quantity: Defining Codes for Proper Quantification

If we want to quantify the results of our coding in QDA, we have to think about  two aspects first: scope and quantity. The scope forces us to consider what length our text segments should have (words, sentence, paragraph), whereas the quantity indicates what we are allowed to do with these segments later in analysis (numerical, boolean, non-numerical analysis). To quantify codes properly, this must be taken into consideration long before we complete our coding. Continue reading Scope & Quantity: Defining Codes for Proper Quantification

Review: “Analyse qualitativer Daten mit MAXQDA” (2019)

This book combines a MAXQDA manual with Kuckartz (2014). However, it creates a value that is greater than the sum of its parts. Although it sometimes tries too hard to be brief, it does well in combining methodological knowledge with technical questions. Unfortunately, the book has only appeared in German. Continue reading Review: “Analyse qualitativer Daten mit MAXQDA” (2019)

Sampling Unit, Coding Unit, Context Unit? Analytical Units in QDA

Analytical units force us to be specific about what we do. How much text do we code? What context do we take into consideration? What documents or text segments do we include or exclude from our analysis? Thinking about them can definitely help us improve the quality of our analysis. Continue reading Sampling Unit, Coding Unit, Context Unit? Analytical Units in QDA

2 Ways Towards a Proper System of Categories

Unlike a simple code, categories need a good definition, proper examples and precise coding rules. There are two different ways of coding: start with general codes and become more granular later (Qualitative Content Analysis & MAXQDA) or start with many specific codes and summarize them in sophisticated categories later (Grounded Theory & ATLAS.ti).

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