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Computer-Assisted Text Analysis

Computer-Assisted Text Analysis

January 2000 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book provides an up-to-date picture of the main methods for the quantitative analysis of text.

Popping begins by overviewing the background and the conceptual foundations of the field, introducing the latest developments. He then concentrates on a comprehensive coverage of the traditional thematic approaches of text analysis, followed by the newer developments in semantic and network text analysis methodologies. Finally, the author 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.

The methods described are applicable across a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities as well as, for example, practitioners from the fields of political science, journalism., communication, marketing and information systems.


Text Analysis
What and Why?

Further Conceptual Foundations
Recent Approaches to Quantitative Text Analysis
Thematic Text Analysis
Semantic Text Analysis
Network Text Analysis
Sampling, Reliability and Validity
Relation to Qualitative Research
Relation to Linguistics and Information Retrieval

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Roel Popping

Roel Popping taught statistics and methodology courses including text analysis at the Department of Sociology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, until his retirement. His research interests included methodology, with a specialty in the study of agreement and in text analysis, its application in research on historical shifts in public opinion and values, primarily within the context of post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe, in decision-making of negotiation processes and in integrating scientific knowledge. More About Author

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