ATLAS.ti 7 is a powerful analytical tool. Its individual analysis options are centrally organized and designed for maximum efficiency, accuracy, and performance. Cloud views provide very quick, accurate, and yet intuitive analytical access to your data material. The query tool, ccooccurence explorer and the codes-PD-table allow in-depth analysis.
All ATLAS.ti’s analysis tools can be used in complimentary combinations for extremely accurate and in-depth exploration of your material.
The Query Tool
Use the Query Tool to retrieve quotations using their associated codes. The simplest retrieval of this kind using the Code Manager is “search for quotations with codes.” Double-click on a code to retrieve all its quotations. This may be regarded as a query even if it is a simple one. The Query Tool can be used to create and process more complex queries that include combinations of codes.
A query is a search expression built from operands (codes and code families) and operators (e.g. NOT, AND, OR, etc.) that define the conditions a quotation must meet to be retrieved (e.g., all quotations coded with both codes A and B).
By selecting codes or code families and operators, a query can be built incrementally, instantaneously evaluated and displayed as a list of quotations. This incremental building of complex search queries gives you an exploratory approach for even the most complex queries.
The Query Tool window
Cloud Views for Codes and Documents
The list of codes can be displayed in various cloud views. You can display the cloud based on number of code usage or on number of linkages to other codes. The order can be arranged alphabetically or by frequency.
Code cloud view
Document cloud views can present the entire textual database or can be used for single documents. Below is an example that compares cloud views of four newspaper articles reporting on the Pussy Riot verdict.
Word Clouds comparing four newspaper articles
The Cooccurrence Explorer allows you to see codes that co-occur across all or just some selected primary documents. The result is a cross-tabulation of codes. It is often meaningful to apply filters for certain codes and documents in order to concentrate on a more specific set of concepts. The side panels in the code and document manager allow you to quickly prepare the kind of filters you need in order to produce the kind of tables you want.
Settings: No color for table cell; use code color as header background
By clicking on the cells, you can access the qualitative data content behind it.
Accessing the qualitative information behind the numbers
The Codes-Primary-Documents Table
The Codes-PD-Table can provide an overview of code frequencies by documents, or can show code frequencies by document groups, code group frequencies by document, or document group.
Formatted Excel output of a codes-primary-documents-table