Code Frequencies

You can always see how many segments and how many documents were coded with selected codes as a table and diagram. Since the documents often correspond to specific cases (e.g. interviews), the following function can be used to quickly analyze for how many cases a particular topic has been coded.

Follow these steps:

  • Activate the documents you want to include in your analysis. If you want to include all the documents, you don’t need to activate anything.
  • Start your analysis via Analysis > Code frequencies.
  • The following dialog window will appear, to which you can drag the codes to be analyzed from the “Code System” using the mouse. To insert more than one code, you can activate it at any time and then use the Add activated codes The Only for activated documents option is automatically selected if documents were activated when the function was opened. Deselect this option to analyze all documents
Analyze codes for the analysis of code frequencies

After clicking OK the following frequency table will appear, which shows in how many documents the code occurs.

Documents per code

Frequency table: documents and their respective codes

The bottom three rows contain the following information:

DOCUMENTS with code(s) – refers to the number of documents in which at least one of the analyzed codes occurs.

DOCUMENTS without codes – refers to the number of documents in which none of the analyzed codes occur.

ANALYZED DOCUMENTS – refers to the sum of the two numbers directly above and gives the number of all analyzed documents.

In the first row of the table above you can see that the “Emotions“ code occurs in 8 documents, which comes to 24.2% of the analyzed documents.

Segments per code

If you click on the blue arrow in the toolbar, MAXQDA switches the display to “segments with code”. Segments are then counted rather than documents. The results table shows how many segments the listed codes have been assigned to in the selected documents.

Frequency table: segments with codes

In the second line of the table you can see that the “Emotions” code has been assigned to 22 segments within the analyzed data. This corresponds to 26,2% of the analyzed coded segments.

Code frequencies displayed as a chart

By clicking on the chart symbol in the upper left corner, the currently displayed frequency table can be displayed as a bar, column or circle chart. Refer to the Frequency Tables and Subcodes section for further information on charts.

Code frequencies as a chart

Export and print code frequencies

The current display can be printed and exported via the usual symbols on the top right corner of the window.

Copy to clipboard – copies the current status to the clipboard to allow you to then paste it into a report, presentation or graphics software.

Print – displays the printing dialog window for the currently displayed window.

Export – In the table view, you can export the table to an Excel spreadsheet (XLS / X format) or a webpage (HTML format). A graph file is exported in PNG or SVG format. The EMF format is also available under Windows. Both the SVG and the EMF format are well-suited to being used for large posters due to their lossless scalability, but the SVG format cannot be directly imported into Microsoft Office products.