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Analyze This! Analyze Workspace Basics and Your Text Analysis

Understanding icons and controls in graphs, charts, and plots

When starting out in Dedoose, the analysis workspace can seem overwhelming. But, once you break it down to the basics you will see how various graphs, charts, and plots Analyze Workspace Overviewcan help you find new insights in your text analysis and bring your data to life. We have had a couple questions on Facebook and Twitter about the basics of charts and graphs recently, so we thought we should start with outlining the foundations of the Analyze Workspace.

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Mac-Based Qualitative Research Software

Until the launch of Dedoose, if you wanted to Mac-based qualitative research, you were out of luck. You could clunkily try to run something like NVivo or Atlas.ti from within its own Windows partition, which really defeated the purpose of having a Mac in the first place (as well as cutting even further into your budget). Or you could opt to run the Mac version of HyperRESEARCH, a legacy qualitative research software package whose functionality left a lot to be desired.

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What Is Mixed Methods Research?

What Is mixed methods research?

The essential goal of mixed methods research is to tackle a given research question from any relevant angle, making use where appropriate of previous research and/or more than one type of investigative perspective.

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What Is Qualitative Research?

What is qualitative research?

The fundamental purpose of qualitative research is to better understand why a particular group of people behaves or believes as it does. The numbers produced by quantitative research only scratch the surface of these types of questions, being more about learning which sub-groups are important and how much they may vary in behaviors and beliefs. In comparison, qualitative research is much better at getting at the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ that are so important to in-depth knowledge.

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Dedoose Mixed Methods And Qualitative Research Software Version 4.3

Dedoose Desktop App

Desktop App! Desktop App! YES! We are touting our recently available Dedoose Desktop App.  Here’s a link to the download instructions for accessing Dedoose via the app. Using this app will circumvent virtually all of the issues that may arise with particular browser updates/system configuration—one example being the recent Google Chrome update that left Mac users without the ability to type into the Dedoose username or password fields.  Give it a go and we think it will enhance your Dedoose experience.

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Dedoose Mixed Methods And Qualitative Research Software Version 4.2

Hey Dedoose Users,

Wow what a difference a month makes…especially in the world of Dedoose!  The big news for March includes:

  • Integrated Video/Audio Transcript Support
  • Media/Excerpt Advancing
  • Document Cloning
  • Price Reduction for Video and Audio Data

On March 28th we released an updated version of Dedoose that included some huge new features and many enhancements to easy workflow—thanks to everyone who submitted requests and keep them coming as there is never a good idea that gets ignored at Dedoose central.

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Dedoose Mixed Methods And Qualitative Research Software Version 4.1

Its been just one month after announcing video support and I couldn’t be more excited to share some outstanding new Dedoose developments.

Audio is Live!

As promised, audio support in Dedoose would be coming close on the heels of video and we have delivered! This new component features an attractive and useful wave form and zoom controls that allow for tremendous accuracy in creating excerpt/clip start and end points.  Audio is also fully integrated into all Dedoose analytics, and you can take advantage of all Dedoose data visualizations based on descriptor data, code application frequencies, and code weighting.

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Dedoose Document Exports: A Look Ahead

Dear Dedoose Users (and future users),

After some serious head scratching, we’ve come up with and implemented what we feel is an elegant solution to exporting documents showing all excerpting activity and coding.  The big challenge came from the many ways Dedoose users do their work.  Imagine a document with many overlapping excerpts and many (and long titled) codes attached to each.  What would that look like upon an export to Word or PDF?  Finally, it came to us!  Simply take advantage of the comments built into the Word review menu…sorry it took so long and the solution was right in our faces.

So, now you will find the ubiquitous Dedoose ‘export’ icon in the panel header when viewing a document.  Click to export and save.  When you open the document in Word, you’ll automatically be in ‘review’ mode, all excerpt text will be highlighted, and anywhere codes where applied there will be a comment in the margin that lists the code names and any weights that were applied.  This was a long awaited and often asked for feature and we are delighted to announce its arrival.

And, briefly, since thing surrounding Dedoose are really heating up, we are planning a number of road trips…hope you’ll find us:

  • August 20th-23rd, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV for the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association
  • October 7th, World Trade Center, Portland, OR for the annual meeting of the Oregon Program Evaluators Network, 2011:Evaluation in Society
  • November 2nd-5th, Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, CA for the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association
  • November 16th-20th, Montreal Convention Center, Montreal, Quebec Canada for the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Assocation

Hope you enjoy the latest Dedoose updates and will look forward to meeting you at any of the upcoming events.

Eli and the Dedoose Team

Dedoose Mixed Methods And Qualitative Research Software Version 3.2

Hey Dedoose Community,

Perhaps better than reading on, you can check all the new stuff in action in a short YouTube video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgvIVmGH6p0.

But, here are the highlights:

  • Descriptor Auto-Grouper for Continuous Variable Charting
  • Data Synchronization for Simultaneous Users
  • Integrated Help Center
  • Chi-Square Calculation for Descriptor Cross-Tab Chart
  • Consolidated Charts
  • User Controls for Adding Project
  • and a bunch of little fixes and enhancements

Previously, all Dedoose charts were generated from categorical descriptor variables (List-Type Fields).  For example, charting the applications of various codes against gender (male/female).  Now, you have the ability to chart against numerical and date/time variables.  Our upgraded charting engine is powered by a fantastic algorithm that looks at the data used, breaks it up into categories based on the distribution of cases across the range of the variable, and then generates charts based on these groupings.  This upgrade has been applied to EVERY chart in Dedoose so every descriptor variable can be incorporated in the mixed-methods data visualization and analysis.

Data Synchronization–when users are working simultaneously they sometimes had to re-load Dedoose to see the work of others working elsewhere.  No longer!  Click the data synchronization button to immediately update all project data without needing to leave the application.

Similarly, you’ll find a fully integrated help center inside Dedoose too.  So rather than go to the website for the tutorial videos, user guide, FAQs, and support request form, all are now directly accessible within the application for immediate access.

Descriptor field by descriptor field (Cross-Tabs) charts, now calculates a Chi-Square statistic and you’ll find all you need to determine if the relationship is statistically significant.

Many related charts are now consolidated so you can swap between code frequency and code weighting chart with the simple click of the toggle rather than needing to call up and specify an independent chart.

Want a new project?  Enter your ‘Projects’ workspace, click the ‘+’ sign in the upper right corner of the pop-up, enter a title and description, and your new project is ready for use without your needing to see administrative assistance.

Those are the biggies, but there are a few other enhancements and fixes.  For example:

  • Code Tree Order Controls
  • Excerpt lister now is now saving column and sorting options
  • Memo exporting selector now retains vertical scroll position upon selection
  • Exporting excerpts from chart selector now, always, saving file extension on windows machines hiding file extensions.

Enjoy, and, as always, keep the feedback  coming so we can continue improving Dedoose for everyone.

~ Eli, Tom, and JT

Dedoose Mixed Methods And Qualitative Research Software Version 2.5

Although we have been posting these details on the forum, it’s been a while since we updated the blog.  We’ve made some major structural changes to Dedoose on the backend that has once again boosted performance dramatically.   Large projects are seeing a massive increase is load times,  our main large test project loads in about 9 seconds now instead of ~45!     Additionally we’ve been getting a lot of request from QSR International’s NVivo users to be able to use their data inside Dedoose.   Many NVivo users have asked us if migration is possible and our crack team has found a solution and built an NVivo export strategy that can export your entire project’s data into a giant excel spreadsheet with the codes or nodes applied to every segment, and, upon import to Dedoose, re-links these coded excerpts to their source document.   As part of the overall mission, we built two different Dedoose project importers, one that can handle a spreadsheet and documents like the NVivo example and one that can handle a spreadsheet like what most survey tools output (all inspired by research using SurveyMonkey).  This being said, it’s now possible to get your data into Dedoose from just about any source including NVivo, MaxQDA, Atlas.ti, Survey Monkey, and just about anything else you can generate a spreadsheet from.  If your project includes both qualitative and quantitative data, like some research with SurveyMonkey with both scale and open-ended questions, the importer will do something amazing work.   Upon import, the importer analyzes all values to determine which columns are numbers, dates, true/false, multiple choice, etc.  It then creates the proper descriptor fields for this data, create the descriptors, creates a transcript for every record with question/answer for each qualitative data column in the output, creates a tag/code for that question, creates an excerpt for each question/answer in each transcript, applies the tag for that question, and also links the appropriate quantitative information (descriptor).    In one fell swoop it complete’s what we refer as the indexing phase of a study, all you need to do now is create additional qualitative codes/tags, apply them to the existing excerpts and begin your analysis….or just start your analysis immediately using your descriptor data and indexed qualitative responses!

These imports need to be processed by our engineering team, so if you are interested please email [email protected] and we will be happy to assist.

At the same time, we’ve had our team members working on improving other aspects of Dedoose, and will be releasing a slew of updates shortly.  One of the more interesting aspects are a complete re-write of the charting system.   As we have optimized so many aspects of Dedoose, it appears that the remaining major draw on system resources are attributable to the interactive charts.   After our team has re-built them for performance we are once again seeing incredible performance increases, for example the slowest chart: Tag Co-Occurrence on one large data set takes about 2-3 minutes to fully render all cells, compare that to about 6 seconds in our new optimized versions for a full 30x speed increase.  In addition these new charts use a fraction of the memory, and offer customization that was not possible in our previous generation, such as the selection of different coloring routines.

As usual our team has been cranking out tons of bug fixes, performance enhancements, feature improvements, and requested features.  Stay tuned here, or check out the forum to keep up-to-date, keep an eye out for a slew of new video tutorials, and, coming very soon, a brand new look for our website.

Happy Coding!