In the Paraphrases Matrix, paraphrases you have written for cases or groups can be displayed together and compared in a table view. The table columns are formed by either documents, document groups, or document sets, and their respective paraphrases are listed in each column.
Opening the Paraphrases Matrix
To open the Paraphrases Matrix:
- Select the function Analysis > Paraphrases > Paraphrases Matrix in MAXQDA’s main menu.
- A dialog window will appear in which you can drag and drop documents, document groups or document sets from the “Documents System”. Each row in the selection window will later form a column in the Paraphrases Matrix.
Click OK and MAXQDA will display the Paraphrases Matrix.
Functions in the toolbar
In the Paraphrases Matrix itself, you can access the following functions in the toolbar at the top left of the window:
Display origin – displays the source documents below your paraphrases. Clicking on this source selects the relevant paraphrased segment in the “Document Browser”.
Zoom out/in – minimizes/maximizes the display of the paraphrases in the columns.
x of y columns – Lets you specify how many columns are to be displayed next to each other in the window at the same time.
Refresh – opens the options dialog window to let you regenerate the paraphrase matrix again to adopt new matrix specifications.
Exporting the Paraphrases Matrix
The contents of the Paraphrases Matrix can be exported using the usual symbols at the top right of the window.
Open as Word document – Creates a temporary Word document and displays it in the program to which this format has been assigned on your computer. To save the created file permanently, you need to save it from Word to a different location.
Open as Excel table – Creates a temporary spreadsheet in Excel format, which is opened with the program associated with this format on your computer. To permanently save this file, you must save it in another location on your computer.
Export – Creates a Word file (DOCX format), an Excel file (XLSX format), or a web page (HTML format) once you have assigned a file name and location. The exported file is then opened directly.