Computer-Assisted Text Analysis

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SAGE, Feb 28, 2000 - Computers - 229 pages
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Providing an up-to-date picture of the main methods for the quantitative analysis of text, this book begins by overviewing the background and the conceptual foundations of the field. The author then covers the traditional thematic approaches of text analysis, followed by an explanation of newer developments in semantic and network text analysis methodologies. Finally, he examines the relationship between content analysis and other kinds of text analysis - from qualitative research, linguistic analysis and information retrieval.

Computer-assisted Text Analysis focuses on the methodological and practical issues of coding and handling data, including sampling, reliability and validity issues, and includes a useful appendix of computer programs for text analysis.

 

 

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Contents

Further conceptual foundations
15
Recent approaches to quantitative text analysis
25
Thematic text analysis
39
Semantic text analysis
67
Network text analysis
97
Sampling reliability and validity
129
Relation to qualitative research
149
Relation to linguistics and information retrieval
163
Conclusion
179
Computer programs
185
References
205
Author index
221
Subject index
227
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Research Interests: Substantial * Development of Knowledge / Science * Ideologies / Ideas Methodological * Text analysis (or, more general, all kinds of data gathering other than by using the [survey] interview) * Information technology * Social network theory * Simulation The above issues can be captured in studies in which the (electronic) media [ ;-)] play a role.

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