5.16.2007

New QDA Miner beta

Normand Peladeau at Provalis Research has just released a beta version of QDA Miner 3.0.

New features include:
  • Support for image coding (bmp, wmf, jpg, gif, png)
  • Query by example (e.g., "find things like this")
  • Automatic document classification (i.e., machine learning)
  • Greater integration with WordStat
  • ... and much, much more.
Mike and I are both long-time Provalis users, but we are still discovering features of this powerful software suite (QDA Miner, Wordstat, Simstat).

For my money, it's the best thing out there if you study text (qualitatively, quantitatively, or both).

3 comments:

Steffen said...

Ken,
I deeply enjoy reading your blog and the hints to new approaches, analyses, and tools. My question: Are you familiar with Automap from the CASOS/CMU community? It´s free, and I think it covers most of the questions related to content analysis. I don´t know QDA Miner yet, and I wonder if it be worth changing my routines...:)
Best wishes,
Steffen
www.titudo.net

Ken said...

Thanks for the reminder, Steffen.

I don't know why, but I've never been able to get Automap to work more than once per install. Which is unfortunate, as I think network modeling of common text features has a lot of potential as a method.

Sacha said...

Provalis Research has just released QDA Miner Lite, a free version of its computer assisted qualitative data analysis software, QDA Miner. This new freeware provides an easy-to-use tool for coding, annotating and analyzing collections of documents and images such as interview or focus-group transcripts, journal articles, web pages, or customer feedback.

QDA Miner Lite has been designed to meet the basic needs of researchers and analysts performing qualitative data analysis. Advanced features have been removed from the full version of QDA Miner, such as several text retrieval tools (query-by-example, section retrieval, clustered coding, etc.), analysis features (clustering, multidimensional scaling, crosstab, etc.) and advanced code management tools. All the essential features for importing, coding, annotating documents and images and for retrieving coded segments have been kept, creating an easy-to-use CAQDAS tool ideal for those on tiny budgets (or no budget) or those who wish to teach qualitative research in classes.

QDA Miner Lite features include:

Importation from a wide range of documents (Word, PDF, HTML, RTF) and image file formats (JPG, PNG, BMP, WMF).
Importation from spreadsheets, databases and other qualitative data analysis software.
Intuitive on-screen coding and annotation of texts and images.
Ability to add comments (or memos) to coded segments, cases or the whole project.
Fast Boolean text search tool for retrieving and autocoding of text segments.
Code frequency analysis with bar chart, pie chart and tag clouds.
Coding retrieval with Boolean (and, or , not) and proximity operators (includes, enclosed, near, before, after).
Exportation of tables to XLS, Tab Delimited, CSV formats, and Word format.
Exportation of graphs to BMP, PNG, JPEG, WMF formats.
Single-file (*.qdp) project format.
Interface and help file in English, French and Spanish.