The Hiller Communication Vagueness Scales An Applied Researcher’s Perspective

John Ford Public Sector Research Psychologist The author can be reached at This is the second of two Blogs on the Hiller Dictionary. The first one is titled Hiller Vagueness Dictionary: A Content Analysis Dictionary that Keeps on Giving The Hiller Communication Vagueness scales are useful measures of document clarity because they use vocabulary […]

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Communication Vagueness

Hiller Vagueness Dictionary: A Content Analysis Dictionary that Keeps on Giving

This is the first of two Blogs on the Hiller Vagueness Dictionary It all started back in the late sixties and early seventies when J.H. Hiller and his collaborators wrote a series of papers exploring communication vagueness. Back in those early days they used computer-assisted content analysis to analyze lectures, students papers and presentations to […]

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Deux webinars sur l’analyse sémantique dans le cadre de l’événement « Spring Box, 100% en ligne, 100% Market Research »

Si vous désirez adopter l’analyse sémantique dans vos études marketing, voici deux webinars qui pourront vous intéresser ! Ils sont présentés par Normand Péladeau, CEO de Provalis Research et expert en analyse sémantique. Webinar 1 Analyse de données textuelles : approche qualitative ou machine learning?? Un faux dilemme Beaucoup de solutions d’analyse sémantique reposent essentiellement […]

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Lunch and Learns

Starting Thursday, June 11, we intend to hold a series of “Lunch and Learns” for QDA Miner or WordStat. The schedule is posted on our website. We have scheduled one a week until the end of June. There is no charge to attend. The events will feature our trainers as hosts. They will provide a […]

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Content Analysis of Media Reporting on Protests Following the Death of George Floyd.

How is the media covering the death of George Floyd and the resulting protests? While we are still in the midst of the protests which are continuing across the U.S. and around the world we thought it would be of interest to examine how several media organizations are covering the event and how they compare […]

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Covid 19 Update

We trust that you are well and staying safe during these challenging times. Our team in Montreal is working from home as mandated by the government until at least May 4. We are working together providing regular services to all our customers including support, developing new features of the software, doing demos for prospective customers, […]

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Coding Images on Instagram with QDA Miner – Qualitative Data Analysis Software

In this Blog we are highlighting papers authored with the use of our qualitative data analysis software QDA Miner and our content analysis and text mining software WordStat. This post features a paper where the authors use visual content analysis by employing QDA Miner to code images of sculpture taken by tourists and posted on […]

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Text Analytics in Crime Analysis and International Justice

Dr Uwe Ewald Director of the International Justice Analysis Forum Uwe Ewald is the director of the International Justice Analysis Forum. IJA-Forum offers support in evidentiary analysis required for complex (international) crime cases, based on its expert network and roster of analysts and researchers. He started using qualitative data analysis software QDA Miner and the […]

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Horses of Many Different Colors with WordStat

  To paraphrase the theme song of a 1960s U.S. TV show Mr. Ed, A horse is a horse of course, of course, and no one can find so many horses unless, of course, you are using WordStat! (inspired by original lyrics by Jay Livingston). See Video on YouTube. WordStat and QDA Miner software have […]

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Interview with Lara Gautier

In this Blog we will be introducing you to different people who use Provalis Research software in their work. We hope this will give users and potential users of the software an idea of the type of work people are doing and the capabilities of the software. Our first profile is of Lara Gautier who […]

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Using WordStat and the LIWC Dictionary to Examine Supreme Court Briefs

  Framing is an active, evolving process to construct meaning and the evolution of frames reflects change in social movement or among activists. (Benford and Snow (2000)). Framing allows people to make sense of their world or events by putting it into context. In their paper Opposition to Abortion Then and Now: How Amicus Briefs […]

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Fox News on Coronavirus: A Change in Tone but Still Blaming the Media and the Democrats!

The media and the Democrats have never been popular with Fox News which many would argue is a large part of its appeal. Even with a global pandemic threatening the country not much has changed. Of course, this is something the mainstream media writes about and comments on with regularity. Lee Moran from Huffington Post […]

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How We Analyzed U.S. Primary Debates with WordStat (Part 1)

The 2020 Democratic primary elections are underway, and ‘Super Tuesday’ has put Biden in the lead following endorsements by withdrawn candidates Buttigieg and Klobuchar. You may have seen our tweet, showcasing the potential of text analytics to describe the debates and the candidates, in this case via a deviation table and correspondence analysis plot. We […]

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Using Content Analysis to Examine Regional Characteristics of Wine

Blackcurrent, blueberry, pancetta, chestnut, spicey, crisp, complex, oxidized. What do all these words have in common? They were used by “civilians” and experts to describe wines in three regions of Australia and Bordeau, France. In their paper Using Content Analysis to Characterise the Sensory Typicity and Quality Judgements of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Wines, Lira Souza […]

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QDA Training in Africa and Canada: Lessons Learned  

  I have been using the qualitative data analysis software QDA Miner since 2015. I used it multiple times for my doctoral research in global public health. It was very useful for coding my interview transcriptions and a variety of policy documents related to my PhD research topic. In addition, thanks to the handy “Code […]

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Training Workshop in Sienna, Italy Oct 28 – Oct 30, 2019

This workshop is sold out! Provalis Research is holding a three-day training workshop for QDA Miner 5 and WordStat 8 in Siena, Italy. The training will be held from October 28 to October 30, 2019 (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm), at University of Siena. The workshop will have a greater focus on WordStat but there will […]

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North Korean Hotel: Good beer and a secret fifth floor

  North Korea, often called the hermit kingdom, is a land we know little about but one we are hearing about more and more because of its nuclear program and because of the unique relationship between its leader Kim Jung-on and U.S. President Donald Trump. While still very secretive and closed to the outside world, […]

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Training Workshop in San Diego Dec 16 – Dec 18, 2019

This workshop is sold out!   Provalis Research is holding a three-day training workshop for QDA Miner 5 and WordStat 8 in San Diego, CA. The training will be held from December 16 to December 18, 2019 (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm), at University of California San Diego. Click here for a detailed description of the workshop. Each […]

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Monitoring Implementation of CRPD and SDG Through Big Data Analytics and Text Mining

    Monitoring Implementation of CRPD and SDG Through Big Data Analytics and Text Mining Derrick L. Cogburn American University Introduction As we look at the major global frameworks to support disability-inclusive international development, especially the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Habitat III […]

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Obervational research with QDA Miner and WordStat

Observational Research

What is Observational Research? Watch what I do, not what I say, could be a good lead-in for Observational Research. People in focus groups or in surveys may say one thing such as, “I always buy green apples” but perhaps when observed they buy the less costly apples, or the freshest looking apples. Observational research […]

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How to Import PDF’s into WordStat for Stata

  Our distributor in Australia, SurveyDesign.com has written this quick Blog that we thought you might find instructive: How to Import PDF’s into WordStat for Stata. You can also see a video tutorial on our website on how to import PDF and other documents such as ASCII, Rich Text Format, MS Word, HTML and WordPerfect documents […]

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Bibliometrics, Using Text Mining to Review Twitter Usage in Tourism

    Social media platforms are becoming ubiquitous in the tourism industry around the world. Travelers are using social media to write reviews, plan travel, connect with others and communicate with providers. Likewise, airlines, hotels, restaurants and tour companies, are using social media to market and promote their products, communicate with their clients and as […]

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PART II: AUTOMATIC MACHINE LEARNING DOCUMENT CLASSIFICATION – A PRACTICAL APPROACH USING QDA MINER/WORDSTAT

INTRODUCTION Part I of our blog series introduced Automatic Machine Learning Document Classification (AML-DC). Part II of our blog series on Automatic Machine Learning Document Classification (AML-DC) provides a practical and detailed walkthrough on the development and implementation of a supervised AML-DC model in fast, reproducible, reliable and auditable way. RESEARCH PROBLEM How does one […]

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Workshop in Montreal, Canada, from May 29 to 31, 2019

Provalis Research is holding a three-day training workshop on QDA Miner 5 and WordStat 8 in Montreal, Canada. The training will be held from May 29 to 31, 2019, at Provalis Research head office: 1255 Robert Bourassa Street, Suite 1604, Montreal, QC H3B 3X3, Canada Click here for a detailed description of the workshop. Each participant is required to bring […]

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Workshop in Madrid, Spain, from June 3 to 5, 2019

Provalis Research is holding a three-day training workshop for QDA Miner 5 and WordStat 8 in Madrid, Spain. The training will be in English and will held from June 3 to 5, 2019, at Universidad de Navarra : Marquesado de Santa Marta, 3, Madrid. Click here for a detailed description of the workshop. Each participant is required to bring his/her […]

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New features in latest update of WordStat

Make sure you download the latest version of QDA Miner and WordStat because we are always fixing small issues and adding new features. For example, this month we released WordStat 8.0.13. The updated version performs topic modeling 8 times faster using factor analysis and there is a new hi-res Scree Plot and redesigned factor loading table. […]

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How Text Analytics Adds Value to NPS

    Companies are always trying to find easy and accurate ways to measure customer satisfaction or customer sentiment.  In the last decade Net Promoter Score (NPS) has emerged as a favorite.  Many companies have adopted it as a standard. The one-question survey developed by Fred Reicheld, Bain and Company, “How likely are you to […]

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Using Text Mining of Big Data for Prediction

From time-to-time in this Blog we draw your attention to some of the applications of text analytics. In the last few years one of those areas has been predictive analysis, using text mining to explore large databases. Using text mining to learn from past behavior, discover patterns and identify trends, allows researchers are able to […]

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PART I: Automatic Machine Learning Document Classification – An Introduction

This blog focuses on Automatic Machine Learning Document Classification (AML-DC), which is part of the broader topic of Natural Language Processing (NLP)

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Training Workshop in Chicago Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2019

Provalis Research is holding a three-day training workshop for QDA Miner 5 and WordStat 8 in Chicago, IL. The training will be held from January 31 to February 2, 2019, at Elmhurst College Campus: 190 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA. Click here for a detailed description of the workshop. Each participant is required to bring his/her own laptop computer. The […]

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What were Russian Trolls saying on Twitter? How to Use a Text Mining, Content Analysis Approach to Find Out

As we have learned, during the 2016 US Presidential Election there were significant efforts by outside actors to influence the vote. There have been several investigations and reports written into those efforts. The following is a Blog by Ryan Atkinson explaining how he took a content analysis approach to examining more than a large volume […]

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WordStat 8 New Deviation Table Instantly Compares Words/Phrases Used by Different Variables

We have introduced a special new feature to WordStat 8. This is a brand new feature that we believe you will find quite useful. We are calling it the Deviation Table. It allows you to see which words, phrases or topics are used more or less by different values of a categorical variable. You can […]

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Directly Import Text from Social Media with New WordStat for Stata

    Stata users can now directly import text data from many different platforms using WordStat for Stata. The latest version of WordStat for Stata (8) can be run as a stand-alone software or integrated with STATA. This means Stata users can use WordStat to directly import text data related to their quantitative data and […]

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More Fun, More Features in WordStat 8 Text Mining Software

    We are always looking for ways to make your text mining experience easier, better, more precise and ….more fun. It is what drives us. We think you will find the recently released WordStat 8 checks all these boxes. Easier.  Import documents and create projects directly in WordStat. Use our new Explorer mode for […]

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WordStat 8 Software Democratizes Text Mining

Provalis Research WordStat 8 Software Democratizes Text Mining   With this version, both novices and expert data scientists can quickly extract valuable text analytics results from large collections with minimal effort. Montreal, QC July 11, 2018 – Provalis Research announces a new version of its WordStat text mining software, which facilitates the process of generating […]

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Training workshops on WordStat in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia

Join Survey Design and Analysis Services and Provalis Research founder and President Normand Peladeau for a 2-day training course in Sydney and Brisbane on the unstructured data analytics tool WordStat. The training in Sydney will be held from July 19 to 20 at the University of Sydney and the training in Brisbane will be held […]

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How to Install and Run WordStat for Stata

    WordStat for Stata gives you the capability to analyze any string variables/text data contained in numerical and categorical files that you are analyzing in Stata. WordStat combines natural language processing, content analysis, and statistical techniques to quickly extract topics, patterns, and relationships in large amounts of text. It can process millions of words in seconds […]

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Twitter Analysis: Do Tweets set the Political Agenda?

Content Analysis and Topic Modeling of Trump/Clinton Tweets These days the world, or at least the media, is all a twitter over the tweets emanating from the President of the United States. It seems as if every morning we wake up to some new missive, observation or attack the President has unleashed against real or […]

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New Improved WordStat Sentiment Dictionary 2.0

We released a major upgrade to our WordStat Sentiment Analysis Dictionary 2.0 that improves its accuracy and coverage. As always, we recommend that you tailor the dictionary to the subject matter you are analyzing but the latest version gives you a better starting point. You can download the dictionary on our website: Sentiment Analysis Dictionary. […]

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WORKSHOP FOR QDA MINER AND WORDSTAT IN JUNE 2018

Provalis Research is holding a three-day training workshop for QDA Miner 5 and WordStat 7 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The training will be held from June 6 to June 8, 2018 at the Provalis Research head office: 1255 Robert Bourassa Street, Suite 1604, Montreal, QC H3B 3X3, Canada. QDA Miner training: June 6 and June 7 – 9am to 5pm, […]

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New trainer/consultant in Poland

We have a new trainer/consultant Christopher Tomanek. You can access his profile on our training page: https://provalisresearch.com/trainers-christopher-tomanek/ Chris is based in Poland and an expert in QDA Miner, WordStat, Simstat. He used our software for more than 8 years. He speaks English and Polish and is available for training on our software and consulting projects.

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Venez nous voir au Big Data Paris !

Provalis Research participera comme exposant à la conférence Big Data Paris les 12 et 13 mars prochain. Nous vous invitons à venir nous rencontrer sur place (Stand # C 40) pour en apprendre davantage sur nos logiciels d’analyse sémantique et pour discuter avec nos experts en analyse de texte. Nous vous invitons également à assister […]

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Blog: Text Mining Open-Ended Responses to Improve Employee Engagement Survey

  Engaged employees are better employees. Studies have shown they are more productive, take fewer sick days and have fewer work-related injury or illness.  The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MPSB) has found that departments and programs with more engaged employees perform better. Measuring employee engagement is important so that management can take steps to […]

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New in QDA Miner 5: use color to quickly identify retrieved coded text segments

We are pleased to announce that we released a new feature in QDA Miner 5 that will make coding retrieval much easier! Now you can use color to identify coded text segments in code retrieval and report features.To get this new feature, you need to download for free the latest update of QDA Miner 5 […]

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Text Analytics in Practice: Identifying Dated and Redundant Government Regulations

  Ok, we acknowledge from the get-go that government regulation isn’t the sexiest topic on the planet. But what if we told you there is a tool/technique that can help us reduce or at least streamline the amount of government regulations we have on the books? Good idea? We think so.  The technique is text […]

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Explorance intègre WordStat pour automatiser l’analyse des données non structurées collectées a partir des formulaires d’évaluation des cours.

L’entreprise eXplorance est un leader mondial de solutions de Learning Experience Management pour la gestion des entreprises et des établissements d’enseignement supérieur. eXplorance sert plus de 9 millions d’utilisateurs et de clients à l’échelle internationale. Sa plateforme d’évaluation collecte de grandes quantités de données au moyen de questionnaires, d’enquêtes et d’outils d’évaluation à 360°. Les […]

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Analyzing Online Comments about Refugees with QDA Miner

Immigration, immigrants, and refugees are a popular topic around the world these days. It is a topic with wide-ranging points of view and comments are often loaded with emotion. In the book, Representing the Other in European Media Discourse,  Dr. Liisi Laineste, Senior Researcher, Estonian Library Museum, Tartu University contributes Chapter 12, « Othering in Estonian […]

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Reducing Fraud: Text Analytics in the Insurance Industry

Insurance fraud is a worldwide problem. The numbers are staggering. According to the FBI, in the U.S. alone, insurance fraud (ex healthcare) costs Americans $40 billion a year. That works out to $400-to-$700 per family. That means higher premiums. So how do companies crack down on fraud? How can they ferret it out? One of […]

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A good example of QDA Miner’s analysis and visualization features

Mission statements are an important strategic management tool for many companies, large and small. Well crafted, they serve as a quick reference to internal and external stakeholders as to what a company is and what it does.  They can help leadership and employees formulate a strategic direction around common goals and values. Mission statements, their […]

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Workshop for QDA Miner and WordStat in February 2018

Provalis Research is holding a two-day training workshop for QDA Miner 5 and WordStat 7 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The training will be held from February 20 to February 21, 2018 at Carleton University, Dunton Tower, Room 701. QDA Miner training: February 20 – 9am to 5pm WordStat training: February 21 – 9am to 5pm Click here for a detailed description of the […]

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New Free Corporate Social Responsibility Dictionary Available with WordStat

Corporate Social responsibility (CSR) disclosure is becoming more and more mainstream with large and small companies around the world. CSR disclosure is being demanded by a wide range of stakeholders. As a result, CSR is a hot topic of research and analysis by academics, activist shareholder groups, financial analysts, environmentalists, ethicists, and many others. WordStat […]

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Using Text Analytics at Work: Suicide Prevention and Crisis Management

Today “texting” is one of the principal means of communication for many people the world over, especially in the United States. It is also a form of communication that you can engage in relatively anonymously. These were a couple of the reasons why the non-profit, Crisis Text Line was started in 2013. One of the […]

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Using Automated Content Analysis and Topic Modeling Approach to Discover: Who is the International Community?

Today’s headlines are filled with international stories about nuclear proliferation, climate change accords, free-trade agreements and other global issues. Embedded in these reports are frequent references to, the international community. For example, a recent headline claimed that in his speech to the UN General Assembly, U.S. President Donald Trump praised the international community for voting […]

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Some Keys to a Successful Tech Startup

Montreal, Canada’s second largest city, known for its European flair, its culinary prowess, and its many festivals, is also home to Provalis Research.  We are very proud of our city, and one of the things that makes us proudest is the tech scene. Major players are converging on Montreal because of its burgeoning AI scene. […]

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WORKSHOP FOR QDA MINER AND WORDSTAT IN DECEMBER 2017

Provalis Research is holding a three-day training workshop for QDA Miner 5 and WordStat 7 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The training will be held from December 6 to December 8, 2017 at the Provalis Research head office: 1255 Robert Bourassa Street, Suite 1604, Montreal, QC H3B 3X3, Canada. QDA Miner training: December 6 and December 7 – 9am […]

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Import news and comments from Reddit with QDA Miner 5

What would Snoo do? That could be an Ask Me Anything question on Reddit. Snoo is the Reddit mascot and Ask Me Anything is one of the site’s features where Redditors ask celebrities and others….well anything! Reddit is a social media site with more than 200 million users a month. It bills itself as, The […]

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Import Reddit news and comments into QDA Miner for Analysis

QDA Miner can now import data from “The Front page of the Internet.”  News, original posts, comments, AMA, you can download import Reddit content into QDA Miner for analysis with the qualitative text analysis software or with our text mining software WordStat. Importing Reddit content is made easy by simply clicking on Import from data […]

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How dinosaurs shrank and became computers?! A brief history of computer storage devices!

I can’t take any more photos, there is no space left on my smart phone! My Windows is running so slow, I must free up some space! I’m quite sure you have experienced these desperate situations. From the first days of the computer, infinite storage capacity was one of the goals. Needproof, Okay! ENIACwas the […]

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Exploring Naïve Bayes classifier: Maybe not so naïve after all?!

Although relatively simple, Naïve Bayes (NB) is one of the powerful machine learning techniques. It’s not only simple but fast and accurate and has been used in various applications and domains. So, it’s a reliable friend that you can trust on rainy days! In this post, we will see how it works. Who is NB’s […]

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What is K-Nearest Neighbors?!

In our previous post on machine learning, we explained that there are supervised and unsupervised beasts lurking in machine learning land! One of the simplest machine learning techniques is the K-nearest neighbors (KNN). In this post, we will briefly review the way KNN works. We’ve all heard of lazy guys! With technology being more accessible […]

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Do not fear, I am with you to beat the Topic Modeling monster!

  As more data becomes available, it gets harder to find and discover what to look for! As we discussed in our previous post topic modeling is a powerful unsupervised machine learning technique to discover hidden themes in a collection of documents. Topic modeling has achieved popularity in different disciplines because it offers several meaningful […]

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Lowering the OOOM Impact with Text Analytics by John Ford

John Ford is a public sector Research Psychologist who has authored numerous reports and articles about assessment, training, and other personnel management issues. He wrote this guest blog about a recent challenge of how to deal more efficiently with out of office messages with respect to tabulating the survey response rate. In this blog he […]

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Exploring the robo-witch: Is machine learning magic?

Throughout history, we have been interested in seeing the future, either in the form of checking the arrival time of the prince on a white horse or predicting stock prices to get rich! What caused this curse?! It’s probably part of human nature but we can also trace fortune-telling back to the advent of astrology, […]

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Windows Update may require reactivation of QDA Miner & WordStat

  A major update of Windows 10 Creator currently being rolled out by Microsoft via their automated update process, may have an impact on the activation of QDA Miner, WordStat and SimStat. You may be asked to reactivate the software the first time you use it with Windows 10 Creator. The reactivation process is a […]

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Understanding World Politics through a Systematic Understanding of its Language

Using quantitative content analysis to see beyond the veil by Peter Jacques, Professor in Global Environmental Politics, Sustainability at University of Central Florida.

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Analyzing Open Ended-Questions, A Conversation with an Expert

Qualitative data analysis,  text mining tools, and techniques are used by people in many disciplines around the world (market research, human resources, political science, sociology, communications, risk assessment, supply chain management  etc) To give you an insight into some of the processes and techniques we are asking different experts, who use our software and other […]

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Diving into Machine Learning!

Many believe robotics is on the cusp of becoming the next technological revolution and that we should expect a significant impact from “intelligent” robots in the near future. Even today, we can see robots and intelligent systems working here and there in different domains. But, robotics is only one application of machine learning and artificial […]

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A Brief History of Machine Learning

We saw earlier that although machines are stone-hearted, they can learn! As a subset of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning algorithms enable computers to learn from data, and even improve themselves, without being explicitly programmed. That’s how your Siri communicates with you, or how your super car parks itself, or, partially, how your bank approves […]

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Topic modeling vs. cluster analysis: What’s the difference?!

Alright, so you have a huge pile of documents and you want to find mysterious patterns you believe are hidden within! A challenging task, but you are lucky because you have WordStat in your arsenal. That means, you have at least two options: 1) topic modeling, or 2) cluster analysis to find patterns and groupings […]

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The tweetings of @realDonaldTrump

One of our colleagues, David White, used WordStat to see how Donald Trump’s tweeting has changed from his time as a business man and TV host to candidate, President-elect and President. David is a Director at Survey Design and Analysis Services PTY LTD and a distributor of Provalis Research software in Australia. Click on the […]

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Formation sur QDA Miner et WordStat en anglais

Provalis Research organise un atelier de formation de trois jours sur QDA Miner 5 et WordStat 7 à Montréal. La formation aura lieu du 16 au 13 août 2017 au siège social de Provalis Research: 1255, rue Robert Bourassa, bureau 1604, Montréal, QC H3B 3X3, Canada. Il est possible de s’inscrire uniquement à un atelier QDA […]

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Workshop for QDA Miner and WordStat in August 2017

Provalis Research is holding a three-day training workshop for QDA Miner 5 and WordStat 7 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The training will be held from August 16th to August 18, 2017 at the Provalis Research head office: 1255 Robert Bourassa Street, Suite 1604, Montreal, QC H3B 3X3, Canada. It is also possible to register for a 2 […]

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Text Mining to Understand more about Wine

  Just a hint of wild current with a smooth, buttery finish.  Whiffs of vanilla gently melded with soft, chewy tannins. Tastes good and it has a nice dark color. It goes well with fish… There are many, many ways to describe wine. The words change depending on your knowledge, expertise and where you come […]

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A text analysis approach to analyse nostalgia in social media

Nostalgia, some people see it as a warm fuzzy feeling or a state of mind but it is a complex psychological construct that can be triggered in various ways such as revisiting your childhood neighborhood or looking at gifts reminding you of loved ones. Like many feelings, it’s double-sided! If you become too drawn to […]

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Drafting NHL Players with the Help of Text Analytics

  Text analytics and QDA Miner and WordStat software have many uses in many, many fields. In this blog we are posting a paper that combines the text analysis of scouting reports on potential National Hockey League players and performance metrics. This is used to create to a methodology to find the best players available […]

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What is Topic Modeling?

  A very basic introduction to Topic Modelling   In this post, we will walk you through the concept of topic modelling. Let’s say I have found your diary (yeah, I know all the great hiding spots!) and I have only two minutes to understand your innermost secrets! How about reading it from the scratch? […]

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Provalis Research/Infostats Analysis of Speeches in the French Presidential Election Campaign

  This report is a summary of an analysis of the speeches of the five principal candidates in the French Presidential election campaign and it has a particular focus on the speeches of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron.   Methodology We analyzed a total of 154 speeches given by five principal candidates in the […]

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Présidentielle 2017 – Analyse Provalis Research / Infostats

Ce texte présente les résultats sommaires d’une analyse de discours des cinq plus importants candidats à la présidentielle française, en se centrant sur les particularités des discours de Marine Le Pen et Emmanuel Macron.   MÉTHODOLOGIE Nous avons analysé à l’aide du logiciel d’analyse sémantique WordStat 154 discours prononcés entre le 20 janvier 2016 et […]

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Présidentielle 2017 – Analyse Provalis Research / Infostats des discours

Ce texte présente les résultats sommaires d’une analyse de discours des cinq plus importants candidats à la présidentielle française, en se centrant sur les particularités des discours de Marine Le Pen et Emmanuel Macron.   MÉTHODOLOGIE Nous avons analysé à l’aide du logiciel d’analyse sémantique WordStat 154 discours prononcés entre le 20 janvier 2016 et […]

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What is Machine Learning?

Machine learning is a very hot buzzword these days that mostly crops up when you read about Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining. At the first glance it may sound complicated and scary! You don’t have to look farther than the top Internet search hits you receive which will most likely direct you to bunch of […]

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QDA Miner 5 New Update

Provalis Research released a new update of QDA Miner 5. The new version 5.0.8 allows now to filter coded and uncoded cases, define a color for a category and apply the color to all codes under this category and finally, users can now transform REAL -> INTEGER using either a truncate or a rounding transformation. […]

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WordStat for Stata Now Available for Use on Mac Computers

It’s here! WordStat for Stata (v7.1.13) content analysis and text mining software now supports not one but two solutions for use on Mac computers. One of the requests we received when we released WordStat for Stata in 2015 was to develop the ability for people to be able to use WordStat for Stata on the […]

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WordStat for Stata on a Mac with Wineskin

WordStat for Stata (v7.1.13) content analysis and text mining software now supports two solutions for use on Mac computers. One of the requests we received when we released WordStat for Stata in 2015 was to develop the ability for people to be able to use WordStat for Stata on the Mac computer platform. We listened […]

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WordStat for Stata on a Mac with CrossOver

WordStat for Stata for Mac with CrossOver WordStat for Stata (v7.1.13) content analysis and text mining software now supports not one but two solutions for use on Mac computers. One of the requests we received when we released WordStat for Stata in 2015 was to develop the ability for people to be able to use […]

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What is Text Analytics and why you should use a Text Analytics Software?

Text Analytics is the process of discovering information from unstructured text (written and verbal) through the identification of trends, topics, and patterns in text documents.  Text analytics software provides you with tools to perform these tasks with the speed and power of modern computing. Why should you use it? The short answer is because it can […]

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Workshop for QDA Miner and WordStat in May 2017

Provalis Research is holding a three-day training workshop for QDA Miner 5 and WordStat 7 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The training will be held from May 11 to May 13, 2017 at the Provalis Research head office: 1255 Robert Bourassa Street, Suite 1604, Montreal, QC H3B 3X3, Canada. It is also possible to register for a 2 […]

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Creating value from customer comments using text analytics

The advent of social media, online surveys, feedback forms and other electronic records means that we can now quickly collect massive amounts of customer experience data. The challenge for businesses is that the responses, comments and other feedback are usually in the form of unstructured text (emails, texts, tweets, Facebook comments, reviews and so on). […]

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New Webinar on building dictionaries with WordStat

New Webinar on building dictionaries with WordStat. Join us for a free webinar on how to build new dictionaries and use existing ones with content analysis tool WordStat. The webinar will take place on February 14, 2017 from 12pm-1pm EST. You can register at https://provalisresearch.com/resources/webinars-qualitative-content-analysis-text-mining-software/

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Provalis Trainers: Responding to your needs

  One of the things users of QDA Miner, WordStat, and Simstat have been asking for is more access to training. In response to these requests, we have just launched a Trainer page on our website. The trainer page is the beginning of what we expect will be an extensive group of trainers across the […]

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New Training Program for QDA Miner and WordStat

We have launched a new training resource to help our customers take full advantage of the capabilities of QDA Miner and WordStat. The new training page hosts the contact information and profiles of experienced qualitative data analysis professionals. They are available for both training and consulting. You can contact the trainers directly and negotiate the type […]

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Provalis Research releases an enhanced qualitative data analysis freeware

QDA Miner Lite version 2.0 now offers a series of new qualitative data analysis features, allowing data/ research analysts to experience more of the tool’s analytics strength and benefits in the freeware version. Provalis Research announces today the release of an upgraded version of the qualitative analysis freeware QDA Miner Lite, developed to include some […]

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Use Text Analytics to be a Leader in Human Resources Management

Your employees are your greatest resource, use them I always found it odd that, in my experience, one of the most conservative departments in most companies is the human resources department.  I found it odd because this should be the department with its finger on the pulse of the company and its employees. And especially […]

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What’s new in QDA Miner Lite 2.0?

What’s new in QDA Miner Lite 2.0 ? QDA Miner Lite 2.0 is full of exciting new features and improvements. This free and easy to use qualitative analysis software includes several of the new features that were added to the recently released QDA Miner 5. QDA Miner Lite 2.0 is faster and includes new functions […]

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Webinar on WordStat

Webinar on WordStat. Join us for a free webinar on an introduction and overview of our content analysis tool WordStat. The webinar will take place on January 18, 2017. You can register at https://provalisresearch.com/resources/webinars-qualitative-content-analysis-text-mining-software/    

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The Power of Words: Content Analysis for Political Science

Words matter in political science. Politics, political theory and political change are often expressed through the spoken and written word and political science is influenced by many other disciplines including: economics, history, law, sociology, philosophy and psychology. Political analysis involves researching news articles, magazines, advertisements, speeches, press releases, social media and much more. The volume […]

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QDA Miner 5: New Tree Grid Display

QDA Miner 5 is now available. The latest version offers a variety of new features that allows you to directly import data from more sources, better analyze your data and gives you more options to display your results. In this Blog, we have highlighted some of the new features and provided a quick review as […]

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QDA Miner 5 released !

Provalis Research Introduces QDA Miner 5 to Improve Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis of Unstructured Text With the introduction of QDA Miner version 5, researchers and data analysts can import data directly from most common data sources, sophisticatedly analyze unstructured text and easily display results in new visual formats.   Montreal, QC (PRWEB) November 02, 2016 […]

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Text Mining to identify Insight into violent extremism around the world

One of the goals of this Blog is to provide you with news about developments in text analysis and the different ways it is being used around the world. We thought this article « Text Mining Analysis: A New Tool for a New Type of Research » about text mining literature related to violent extremism was a […]

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Use Automated Content Analysis for Your Qualitative Research Projects

  When managing international qualitative research projects, one of the major challenges is getting answers to our key research questions, and the relevant quotations to support them, in a standardized format, from all our field researchers across target cities and countries. My first international qualitative project, nearly twenty years ago, covered four Caribbean countries; four […]

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QDA Miner and WordStat Training November 22-26 in Kingston, Jamaica

Provalis Research CEO Normand Peladeau is leading a 5-day training session for QDA Miner and WordStat in Kingston, Jamaica November 22-26, 2016. The training session is being hosted by The University of the West Indies, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences. The university has reserved 10 places for Provalis Research customers. The session will […]

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How to code faster with QDA Miner

  QDA Miner offers computer assisted coding allowing you to code documents quickly and reliably. QDA Miner offers not just one but seven text search and retrieval tools, allowing you to achieve more reliable coding in less time. Let’s look at some of these tools:   The Keyword Retrieval tool can search for hundreds of […]

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Easy to Use Chart Capabilities in QDA Miner 5: Chart Codes by Case

Charting your codes case by case and comparing them to other cases in your project is only a couple of clicks away in QDA Miner 5. It really is quick and easy! This blog is a follow-up to the one where we outlined the new Document Overview feature. To begin charting the codes in each […]

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New Graphic Feature of QDA Miner 5: Document Overview

Being able to “see” what you’ve coded in a document can give you a better understanding of the coding and sometimes spark an idea of where else you want to go in your research. QDA Miner 5 has a new Document Overview feature that provides you with a quick look at the spatial distribution of […]

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Text Analytics for Business: Use QDA Miner and WordStat to Get Ahead of the Competition

Just to name a few:  Email, company internet and intranet, Facebook, twitter, customer feedback, online reviews, employee chat groups, employee surveys, performance reviews, exit interviews, analyst reports, supplier feedback, safety reports, quality control, sustainability and environmental reports…the list goes on and on. One thing all these and many other channels have in common is unstructured […]

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Pecha Kucha Presentation: What QDA Miner has done for qualitative research ?

  Do you know Pecha Kucha? It’s a presentation style from Japan where the speaker has 20 slides to present in 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format keeps presentation concise and to the point. At the 2016 KWALON conference in Rotterdam,  each qualitative data analysis software company who participated […]

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Literature review of biotechnology research in health and agriculture using QDA Miner and WordStat

Literature review of biotechnology research in health and agriculture

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Geocoding with QDA Miner 5.0

New geocoding feature of our qualitative analysis software QDA Miner 5

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Directly importing emails for analysis with QDA Miner 5 Qualitative Data Analysis

QDA Miner 5 can directly import emails for qualitative analysis

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QDA Miner 5 Going Social: Directly Import and Monitor Twitter and RSS Feeds

Directly import social media and monitor those sources over time

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QDA Miner 5 Qualitative Software Directly Imports Documents for Text Analysis from Reference Management Tools

Reference Management Tools are widely used by researchers and authors the world over to work with large volumes of scholarly documents.

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