Quantitative Conclusions

Quantitative researchers have proven that parachutes don't work. Would qualitative researchers using video data collection methods  have reached the same conclusion? Asking for a friend.

Measuring Events and Timing Speakers in Video and Audio Files

Researchers analyzing video and audio data sometimes need to make fairly straightforward quantitative measurements. How many times did each participant take a turn? How long did the animals in one group spend grooming vs another group? During a recent Transana...

Inching Towards Automated Transcription

Even though the technology for completely automated audio transcription has not yet been achieved, many of us are looking for innovations that make transcription faster and easier, since traditional listen-and-type transcription can be time-consuming and expensive.

Analytic writing during collaborative qualitative analysis.

In a recent support inquiry, a researcher with Transana Multiuser asked “I am thinking about on the asynchronous communication between the users of Transana MU the chat windows of Transana is only for synchronous communications. How did you deal with this problem in your past practices?” My response includes tips on analytic writing for all Transana users.

Categorization and Coding

Transana offers two overlapping systems for indicating analytic meaning in text and media data, Categorization and Coding. … Both categorization and coding serve the same purpose, to link analytic meaning to segments of data, but they involve somewhat different metaphors and procedures within the software. There are several reasons behind the evolution of the two systems for attaching analytic meaning to segments of data in Transana.

Automated Transcript Poetry #1

“Everyone Safari”
by Y.A.T.*
I have wine
my name is Gonzales
and Mrs. Chandler sorry because everyone Safari
today my guests hara-hara-hara
I am you say how about you
And goofy and carefully deduce yourself
Hi I’m gonna terrorize some facilities
and with the famous Fiona solid water
so here are she here must I learn
drops a lot of clothes and still flows

Supplemental uses of video research data and truly informed consent

“The qualities that make video data so significant as data also make it very compelling to share with others when presenting our research. … Research participants cannot give truly informed consent regarding the use of video of discussions and events that have not yet happened, and that they might not be able to fully anticipate or predict.” In this article, I discuss the dual-stage consent process.

Choosing between Transana Basic and Transana Professional

Recently, some asked me “In an upcoming project I will analyze a huge amount of (approximately 500 clips) of youtube videos and was wondering, which version of Transana I need – also taking into consideration that I barely have funding for technical devices (e.g. software…) at the moment.” Here’s my response.

Does Using Software Cause Shallow Analysis?

I found this question on an academic web site, ” I wondered if you have used a software in the past that you can recommend in terms of usability, comprehensibility of the analysis, visualization and costs?” When read an early response, I felt compelled to respond.

What is the best way to open code in Transana?

In a recent support inquiry, a researcher asked, “what is the best way to open code a transcribed & segmented video? If I create collections or quick clips, they multiply to an unmanageable number and are not organized in a way where I can see how the odes are overlapping, interacting, etc.”

Introducing the Transana Blog

The qualitative analysis of text, still images, and media data can be a complex task. Qualitative analysis can be conducted in a variety of ways, depending on methodology, field of study, type of data, and researcher preferences. As a result, the software that supports the qualitative analysis of such data can be very complex too, when the researcher needs it to be.