Transana offers a series of text-based reports that provide information about the selections you have made in your data. When triggered from source data, the report includes all selections made from that source data across all Collections. When requested from a Collection, the report includes all selections that have been gathered in that Collection (and, optionally, nested Collections), regardless of source.
Transana’s text-based reports provide information about your data in Transana. These reports are extremely flexible, and can be used to explore many different aspects of your data. Where you trigger report creation determines what data the report contains.
Types of Text Reports
The Library Report provides information about the source data stored within each Library. The report lists the Documents, PDF Documents, and Episodes you have placed in a Library. It can include information like file name and location, the length of the source data item, and the default coding that has been applied to the data items.
To create a Library Report, right-click the desired Library and select Library Report from the popup menu.
Source Reports (Document, PDF Document, and Episode)
The Document and Episode Reports provide information about how a particular source data file was used in your analysis.
- The Document Report shows Quotes created from a particular source Document, regardless of where those Quotes are used in the analysis.
- The PDF Document Report shows the text of PDF Quotes and graphics containing PDF Snapshots from a source PDF Document, regardless of where those Quotes and Snapshots are used in the analysis.
- The Episode Report shows the information about the Clips created from the selected Episode and graphics containing Snapshots that are linked to the Episode, regardless of where those Clips and Snapshots are used in the analysis.
Report contents may include selected text in Quotes and PDF Quotes, selected Transcript selections in Clips, coding applied to the selections, and Notes created about the selections.
Analysis Reports (Collections)
The Collection Report provides information about the analytic selections you have made from your source data. These reports are organized by how you use the data selections, as represented by Collections, for selections from across all of your source data.
You can initiate the Collection Report from any Collection in the Database Tree. The Filter Dialog provides an option for whether you want to include data from Nested Collections or not. You can also trigger a Collection Report from the Collections root node in the database tree to generate a report that includes all data selections in all Collections in your database. Please be aware that this report may require assembling a large amount of data, which may take some time.
Please note that you can use Transana’s Search tool to gather analytic selections together and that you can run the Search Collection Report on Search Results.
Keyword Summary Report
The Keyword Summary Report provides information about all of the Keywords you have created. It can be triggered from an individual Keyword Group for a targeted report, or from the Keywords root node in the database tree to show all Keywords in the database.
The Keyword Summary Report includes information on Keyword Groups, Keywords, Keyword definitions, Keyword Color and Coding Shape properties, and optionally can provide information on how many times a Keyword is used within your database.
There are two ways to show Notes information in Transana’s Text Reports.
- You can use the Filter Dialog to add Notes for different kinds of selections in the Document, PDF Document, Episode, and Collection Reports.
- You can generate Notes Reports from within the Notes Browser tool.
The Filter Dialog and Report Settings
Transana’s reports are extremely flexible. You can customize the text reports to meet your specific analytic needs using the Filter Dialog, which is accessible by the left-most button in the Report toolbar. The contents of the Filter Dialog and the options it offers depend upon the type and contents of the associated report.
One use for the Filter Dialog is to configure the contents of the report. For example, Notes are not generally included in reports by default, but can often be added through the Report Contents tab. In addition, you can use the Filter Dialog to adjust the items that are included or excluded from the report. If you have created copies of some of your Clips or Quotes, you can remove the duplicates using the Clips or Quotes tabs, or you can narrow the range of Keywords that are displayed on the Report to fit a particular analytic need.
Filters can be saved, creating Filter Configurations, and these Filter Configurations can later be reloaded. These Filter Configurations might be used to represent a particular theoretical view of your data which you may wish to re-apply after further data analysis.