13.0113 review of text-analysis software

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 26 Jul 1999 20:42:05 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 113.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 20:48:19 +0100
From: Melina Alexa <alexa@zuma-mannheim.de>
Subject: new publication - info

The Center for Survey Research and Methodology (ZUMA) in
Mannheim, Germany has just published a review of 15 qualitative
and quantiative software for text analysis:

Alexa Melina & Cornelia Zuell: A review of software for text analysis.
ZUMA-Nachrichten Spezial Band 5. Mannheim: ZUMA 1999, 176 pages.

The book is in English, costs 25.- DM and is available from ZUMA:

To order send an e-mail to cta@zuma-mannheim.de.

The book reviews a selection of software for
computer-assisted text analysis. The primary aim
is to provide a detailed account of the spectrum of
available text analysis software and catalogue the kinds
of support the selected software offers to the user.
A related goal is to record the tendencies
both in functionality and technology and identify the
areas where more development is needed. For this reason
the presented selection of software comprises not only fully
developed commercial and research programs, but also prototypes
and beta versions. An additional aspect with regards to the
kinds of software reviewed is that both qualitative and
quantitative-oriented types of research are included.
The following fifteen programs are reviewed: AQUAD, ATLAS.ti,
NUD*IST, QED, TATOE, TEXTPACK, TextSmart, WinMAXpro, and
WordStat and the criteria and methodology used for selecting
them are delineated. The last part of the book contains an
extensive discussion about text analysis programs and the
concrete issues raised from the review.

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