Content analysis and computational linguistics: Its quickness, reliability and perspectives

Brenda Lía Chávez, Jorge Yamamoto

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Content analysis is a technique that converts open-ended re-sponses into categories. This process is of great value since it defines the categories of a study based on the perception of the sample, avoiding im-posed categories created by the researcher. However, this type of analysis involves extensive use of time, resources, and expertise. Programs such as ATLAS.ti or NVivo do not constitute an effective nor efficient solution. New software based on computational linguistics offers a different scenar-io, as it allows the "understanding and interpretation" of categories. In or-der to prove its effectiveness and efficiency, content analysis made by ex-perts is compared with analysis using SPSS Text Analytics for Surveys (TA). We conclude that under the supervision of a specialized researcher, TA allows for an important time saving, increased reliability, and opens up possibilities for qualitative analysis of large samples. © 2014: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Murcia.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)1146-1150
Number of pages5
JournalAnales de Psicologia
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

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