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Title:Content clouds as a method of exploratory qualitative data analysis
Author(s):Cidell, Julie L.
Subject(s):methodology
visualization
qualitative GIS
content clouds
Abstract:This article proposes the use of content clouds as a method of exploratory qualitative data analysis. Content clouds are a type of visualization that summarizes the contents of a document by depicting the words that appear most often in larger, darker type within the cloud. When utilized as a form of qualitative GIS, content clouds provide a powerful way to summarize and compare information from different places on a single issue. Two examples using different types of documents and differently-scaled environmental issues demonstrate the possible utility of this method in summarizing qualitative data and suggesting avenues for research.
Issue Date:2010
Citation Info:Cidell, J. (2010). Content clouds as a method of exploratory qualitative data analysis. Area 42:4, 514-523.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/50762
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-17


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