Information on if and how many coded segments are assigned to a specific code can be found in the “Code System”. This information is displayed in the frequency column to the right of the code name.
In the following figure, the number 14 appears after the code “Health”. This indicates that up until this point, a total of 14 segments have been coded in this category.
When you “collapse” the subcodes of a code by clicking on the triangle symbol before the code, the code frequencies of the subcodes are added to the frequencies of the parent code. MAXQDA shows how many segments have been encoded with a collapsed code including all its subcodes.
Options for displaying the frequencies in the “Code System”.
For the “Code System” window, you can call up the local settings by clicking on the gear next to the magnifying glass.
At the top in the settings you can define the frequencies MAXQDA should output after each code. You can choose between the following variants, each of which has a different analytical information gain:
Coded segments in all documents
How often was a code assigned in all documents?
This is the default option as described above, which is always used automatically when opening a project.
Coded segments in all activated documents
How often has a code been assigned in the currently activated documents?
The numbers are automatically updated when you activate or deactivate documents.
Coded segments in opened document
How often has a code been assigned in the document currently opened in the “Document Browser”?
Encodings in audio and video files are not taken into account here.
In how many document groups does a code occur?
It does not matter whether a code was assigned once or several times in a document group.
In how many document sets does a code occur?
It does not matter whether a code was assigned once or several times in a document set.
In how many documents does a code occur?
It does not matter whether a code was assigned once or several times in a document.
If you deactivate the option Sum up frequencies of subcodes, MAXQDA always outputs only the frequencies of the upper codes, regardless of whether the code is collapsed or not.