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An overview of qualitative computer programs

An overview of qualitative computer programs

This chapter will detail a brief history of the development of qualitative computing packages and will list a number of available programs and indicate their capacities while also providing a critical assessment of the impact of such packages on the qualitative analytical process. The chapter is illustrated with a number of screenshot examples, which are taken from individual program websites unless otherwise stated.

Key Points

  • Qualitative computing packages comprise three main types:
    • code and retrieve
    • theory generation
    • content analysis
  • These programs provide useful tools but you need to be aware of their pitfalls and limitations

A brief history

The development of computing packages has undergone three distinct developmental eras since their emergence around 35 years ago:

  • Systematisation: code and retrieve
  • Theory generation
  • Analysis of content

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