This is great. I hadn't thought of using the Network Modeling for directly
"coding" complex interpretations.
A related question... Is there support in Atlas.ti for managing the codes for
individuals/instances? Keeping the codes list of named or numbered individuals
of a specific elementary type could be helped by special display and bookkeeping
tools (e.g., dealing with "plane #1", "plane #2" and "plane #1 isa plane",
"plane #2 isa plane" etc.). Any suggestions on how best to manage that?
I agree that the networks can get overly complex, but even simple use can reduce
the number of codes and allow more expressive and precise coding. For example,
in studying International Trade, it allows the roles "source" and "destination"
of exports to be combined with country codes rather than having multiple
compound codes like "export from US to UK", "export from UK to US", etc., while
of course just having "export", "UK", "US" codes wouldn't distinguish direction.
----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas Muhr <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2003 11:56
Subject: Re: QDA Software for Coding with Conceptual Graphs
Our QDA software - ATLAS.ti - supports network modeling on semantic and
episodic level via user definable sets of relations. Through semantic
retrieval (and relation properties like transitivity), you may yield all
constituents of a proposition. In addition, rhetorical structures can be
represented on the data level via named hyper links. So it fits a number of
approaches like action theory, grounded theory or argumentation analysis
However, there is some drawback with all such representation techniques if
used beyond browsing or "heuristic" mind mapping. They look really pretty
for trivial examples but can get quite complex and loose some of their
expressive power when it comes to modeling real world episodes.
Here is a textual output of a network fragment from ATLAS.ti with both
semantic and episodic knowledge representing different interpretations of
the "birds" ("Millers saw the cranes when they were flying over the alps")
O: Living Thing
-O: Human Being
The graphic network looks a little better but would make this mail a little
- Thomas Muhr
At 15:37 14.04.2003 -0400, you wrote:
>I'm looking for software that supports coding and qualitative analysis with
>conceptual graphs (CGs). Rather than codes having single concepts, CGs would
>allow structured coding statements consisting of multiple associated concepts
>and conceptual relations to be used for greater expressiveness and precision.
>See links and example below.
>This capability was discussed by the Richards' paper (1994?) Using
>Qualitative Research, in the section on "Conceptual Network Systems", but it
>doesn't seem to have made it into the advertized features of current QDA
>software. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>For CG references, see
>For examples, see
>Given English sentence "John is going to Boston by bus" in a PD selection.
>propositional content would be...
>Go has an agent which is a person John.
>Go has a destination which is a city Boston.
>Go has an instrument which is a bus.
>and the CG would be...
> (Agnt)->[Person: John]
> (Dest)->[City: Boston]
>which can be processed using graph operations and logic for building theory.
"Computers, like every technology, are a vehicle for the transformation
of tradition" (Winograd & Flores, 1987)
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