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ERIC Number: ED084281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Pages: 21
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On the Uses of the Computer for Content Analysis in Educational Research.
Hiller, Jack H.; And Others
Current efforts to take advantage of the special virtues of the computer as an aid in text analysis are described. Verbal constructs, category construction, and contingency analysis are discussed and illustrated. Mechanical techniques for reducing human labor when studying large quantities of verbal data have been sought at an increasing rate by researchers in the behavioral sciences. Whatever the purpose of research, if it is to have a scientific character, ti must involve an attempt to reduce natural language data, by formal rules, to measures reflecting theoretically relevant properties of the text, its source, or its audience effects. At the present time, there is no one theory or method dominating the field of natural language analysis. Although much work is currently being expended to implement a finite set of rules on the computer, little has been accomplished that is directly useful to researchers in the social sciences. (Author/CK)
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Note: Revised version of paper presented at national conference of Association for Computing Machinery (San Francisco, August 1969)