Every day, researchers, teachers and businessmen and women are bombarded with new and cluttered information from all directions. Whether it is new research to analyze, papers to grade or a presentation to create, it is challenging to find the most important material. A researcher at the University of Missouri-Columbia has developed a new computer content analysis program, Qualrus, which helps manage and analyze this qualitative data, or data that does not have a numeric value, for anyone overwhelmed by vast amounts of information.
"Other qualitative analysis programs offer little help with coding and are not more useful at the end of the project than at the beginning," said Ed Brent, professor of sociology at MU and creator of Qualrus. "Yet, between the beginning and end of data entry, a wealth of information has been entered in the project knowledge base. Qualrus takes advantage of this information to identify patterns in the data and use those patterns to suggest likely codes to the researcher."
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