Further Data Analysis

ATLAS.ti offers several tools that support you in querying your data:

Simple Boolean Retrieval.

See Retrieving Coded Data.

Analysing Code Distributions

Code distributions are displayed in the Document Manager and in the Code Manager in the form of bar charts. In the document manager you will see a bar for each code. The higher the bar, the more often the code was used. In the Code Manager each bar stands for a document. Within the bar you can see how the codes are distributed in the document.

After you've encoded the data, a look at the code distribution gives you a feel for the data. Which topics were mentioned more or less frequently, by whom, is there a difference between different groups of respondents? How are the topics distributed? For further information see Analysing Code Distributions.

Code Distribution

Code-Document Table

The Code Document Table is a cross-tabulation of codes or code groups by documents or document groups. It shows how often a code (codes of a code group) has (have) been applied to a document or document group. See Code Document Table.

Example Code-Document Table

Co-occurrence Analysis

To get a quick overview where there might be interesting overlaps in coded data, simply right-click the codes you're interested in, and choose one of the co-occurrence options from the Analysis submenu. You can also open the Code Co-occurrence analysis tools directly from the menu or ribbon. See Code Co-Occurrence Tools.

Example Code Co-occurrence Table

The Query Tool

The Query Tool finds quotations based on a combination of codes using Boolean, Proximity or Semantic operators. Example: Show me all quotations where both Code A and Code B have been applied.

Such queries can also be combined with variables in form of documents or document groups. This means that you can restrict a query to parts of your data like: Show me all quotations where both Code A and Code B have been applied, but only for female respondents between the age of 21 and 30. See The Query Tool.

Example query in the Query Tool

Smart Codes

Smart Codes are stored queries. They can be reused and always reflect the current state of coding, e.g. after more coding has been done or after coding has been modified. They can also be used as part of other query, thus, you can build complex queries step-by-step. See Working With Smart Codes.

Creating a smart code in the Code Manager

Smart Groups

Like smart codes, smart groups are stored queries based on groups. The purpose is to create groups on an aggregate level. For instance, if you have groups for gender, age and location, you can create smart groups that reflect a combination of these like all females from age group 1 living in city X. See Working With Smart Groups.

Global Filters

Global filters allow you to restrict searches across the entire project. If you set a document group as global filter, the results in the Codes-Document or Code Co-occurrence Table will be calculated based on the data in the filter and not for the entire project. Global filters effect all tools, windows, and networks. See Applying Global Filters For Data Analysis.

Setting a global filters