Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) is a term that refers to a category of computer programs that have been developed specifically to aid researchers in completing a range of tasks associated with analysis and interpretation of qualitative data. This entry outlines core functions frequently found in CAQDAS programs, describes benefits of using CAQDAS, and identifies important issues researchers should consider before working with a CAQDAS program.
There are a variety of CAQDAS programs that can be used to analyze qualitative data, including text (e.g., interview transcripts, blogs), images (e.g., magazine or billboard ads, political cartoons), audio (e.g., speeches, music), and video (e.g., interpersonal interactions, television news stories). Popular programs used by communication researchers include ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA, ...
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