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Title: Quantitative narrative analysis software options compared: PC-ACE and CAQDAS (ATLAS.ti, MAXqda, and NVivo)
Authors: Franzosi, R.
McClelland, L. E.
Putnam Rankin, C.
Doyle, S.
Vicari, Stefania
First Published: 1-Oct-2013
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Citation: Quality and Quantity, 2013, 47 (6), pp. 3219-3247
Abstract: This paper shows how to carry out quantitative narrative analysis (QNA) with different text analysis software (PC-ACE, Program for Computer-Assisted Coding of Events, and various CAQDAS programs, Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software: ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA, and NVivo). QNA is a methodological approach to narrative texts that exploits invariant properties of narrative (namely, a "story grammar", based on actors, actions, and their attributes) to make a statistical analysis of words possible. In comparing PC-ACE and CAQDAS, the paper leads the reader through the steps involved in setting up a grammar, in data entry, and in data query. A careful comparison of limits and possibilities of the two types of software will allow the reader interested in QNA to make an informed choice between a full implementation of QNA in a specialized but unknown software (PC-ACE) and a limited implementation in any of the widely used and popular CAQDAS programs.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s11135-012-9714-3
ISSN: 0033-5177
eISSN: 1573-7845
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. The final publication is available at Springer via
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