Using MAXQDA Stats

MAXQDA Stats is a module that is part of the product “MAXQDA Analytics Pro”. It cannot be purchased individually and can only be unlocked with a corresponding MAXQDA serial number. MAXQDA Stats is launched from the additional tab Stats in MAXQDA’s main ribbon menu, which only appears if you have a “MAXQDA Analytics Pro” licence.

The tab “Stats” in MAXQDA's main ribbon menu

The MAXQDA Stats interface

MAXQDA Stats can be activated with both the data of a MAXQDA project (document variables and code frequencies per document) and with external data (SPSS or Excel files). Upon starting, the MAXQDA Stats interface, which is structured as follows, appears:

The MAXQDA Stats interface
Hint: When MAXQDA Stats is activated, the normal MAXQDA interface is no longer visible. It will automatically appear again when you close MAXQDA Stats.

MAXQDA Stats has its own main menu which contains the following options:

File – this menu item serves to open files, create new files, and store external data

View – this menu item allows the user to switch between the Data Editor, Variable List and output viewer

Transform – contains all the functions for calculating and recoding variables

Descriptive Statistic – contains the functions for the creation of frequency tables and calculating descriptive statistics such as median, mean and standard deviation

Compare Groups – allows the creation of crosstabs and the implementation of one-way analysis of variance

Correlation – begins the calculation of correlation tables

Scale – provides access to the functions for creating scales

The user can easily switch between views using the tabs located in the lower left of the screen.

The Data Editor contains the cases in the rows and the variables in the columns. This is where the individual cases (analysis units) are entered and edited. If MAXQDA Stats is started for a MAXQDA project, the Data Editor for MAXQDA Stats will contain the same data as the Data Editor for document variables as the MAXQDA project, meaning each row corresponds to one document.

In the Variable List variable labels, missing values and other options for variables can be created.

The Output Viewer contains all the results tables and charts that were inserted in the Viewer in the course of the MAXQDA Stats session.