MAXDictio

Your content analysis tool

Screenshot of MAXDictio Word frequency

MAXQDA users have repeatedly asked for a tool that would allow them to create an index of the words used in a text, so that they have access to an additional explorative aid for the evaluation of the text. Such a dictionary and content analysis module would make it easy to explore the vocabulary used in a text as well as to find out which words can be found in which texts or text passages. It would also make the differences between the vocabulary of the various texts within one project visible.

Besides the vocabulary functions, the MAXDictio module offers a number of techniques which originate from the area of classical quantitative content analysis. MAXDictio was not intended to be a competitive software product for quantitative content analysis, but rather it aims to utilize these techniques for qualitative data analysis and provide these as an additional set of analysis methods in a manageable form.

MAXDictio is not intended to be a software program for quantitative content analysis. The functionality offered makes this software attractive for researchers who have managed their analysis with less convenient content analysis software up to now. The functionality of MAXDictio software is comparable to other established software programs, such as Textpack designed by ZUMA. On the contrary, the way MAXDictio allows the user to build up indexes should convince even experienced Textpack users.

Functionality

As a dictionary and content analysis tool, MAXDictio makes it easy to examine the vocabulary used in a manuscript and search particular text passages or full texts for specific words. The software also highlights differences in vocabulary between texts or coded segments in a project. MAXDictio offers many classical quantitative content analysis techniques. It is not a competitive program for performing quantitative data analysis, but rather uses quantitative content analysis techniques to support and enrich qualitative data analysis. If you have worked with complicated and frustrating content analysis programs in the past, you are sure to appreciate MAXDictio.

What are the benefits of MAXDictio?

  • Some examples: analyzing vocabulary, creating dictionaries, using the coder and exporting results. For further information you should take a look at our Online Tutorial
  • MAXDictio has proven itself to be a worthy competitor for established content analysis programs like “Textpack” from ZUMA. A quick glance at MAXDictio’s dictionary structure is sufficient to convince experienced quantitative content analysis program users of its power.
  • For an overview of the MAXDictio functions, please see the table of functions.

MAXDictio provides the following functions:

  • Word frequencies in the whole text or in marked passages
  • Word frequencies in text groups or in text sets, which have been put together based on textual criteria
  • Free definition of text units (overlapping is possible)
  • Editing texts and assigning them to text units is possible at any time throughout the process
  • Exportability of the outcomes of the frequency-analysis to MS-Office programs (such as Excel or Word) and to SPSS, and through use of the Windows clipboard
  • Index of selected words of one or more texts
  • Possibility of jumping from each index entry to the underlying text passage
  • Limitation of the analysis by Go-lists (containing a list of words which should be analyzed exclusively) and Stop-lists (which contain a list of words which should be blocked for analysis)
  • Selective analysis by specific criteria, such as the value of socio-demographic variables, filtering by numeric data
  • Building of word-based dictionaries
  • Transfer of words from the word frequency table into the dictionary (by clicking on them)
  • Export and import of dictionaries from MS Office programs (e.g. from Excel)
  • Coding using of word-based dictionaries
  • Results from the coder as editable and easy to sort Excel-like table
  • Further processing of the results in SPSS and Excel
  • Creation of a validation file for verification of codes
  • A total integration into MAXQDA, which provides access to convenient functions such as “keyword-in-context” or automatic coding of text passages