Code Bar Charts & Clouds in ATLAS.ti 9 Windows & Mac
By Dr. Neringa Kalpokas & Ivana Radivojevic
The free update to ATLAS.ti 9.1 includes a whole variety of new features, and you can click here to see what is new in ATLAS.ti 9.1. One particularly exciting feature is that you can now enjoy all-new ways to visualize your codes! You can now choose among three different options to view and work with your codes in the code manager: as a list, as a code bar chart, or as a code cloud.
The codes in a research project are so important for making sense of the data, developing insights, and drawing conclusions. This is why it is so essential to have flexibility in deciding how you want to view and work with your codes! You can still work with your codes as always in any of the views (e.g., to merge, split, rename codes, write code comments, and so on).
The code manager in ATLAS.ti Windows & Mac always shows the full list of codes by default. An advantage of this list view is that you can easily see more detailed information about each code, such as how many links it has with other codes (i.e., density), who worked on each code and when, and so on. Naturally, the list of codes can be ordered according to the information of any of the columns (just click on the column header to order the codes by that column).
With ATLAS.ti 9.1, you now have the option to switch the code view along the top of the code manager. You will find this under the View tab in ATLAS.ti Windows, and you will see a new button at the top in ATLAS.ti Mac.
The code bar chart shows your full list of codes, and you can clearly see how many quotations each code has associated with it. The bars also appear in the color that you gave to each code. If you want to see more advice on organizing your codes by colors and prefixes, click here to read our blog article.
The code cloud shows all your codes but in a cloud format that displays codes with the highest numbers of quotations associated in the center of the cloud and in larger letters, and as you move outward in the cloud, you see codes with relatively fewer quotations associated.
If you want to save your codes, you will see that you now have the option to also save the bar chart or cloud as an image. As always, you have the option to export text reports (i.e., a Word file) and table reports (i.e., an Excel spreadsheet), but now you also have the option to save images as well to capture the different visualizations of your codes.
If you have ATLAS.ti 9 but do not see these options yet, you just need to install this update. Remember, all updates released for ATLAS.ti 9 are included for free! You can see how to install updates in ATLAS.ti 9 Windows here, and see how to install updates in ATLAS.ti 9 Mac here.
We hope you enjoy these novel ways to view your codes so that you can explore your codings and export new kinds of graphics that can provide further illustrations in your own research presentations and reports!
Kalpokas, N., & Radivojevic, I. (2021). Code Bar Charts & Clouds in ATLAS.ti 9 Windows & Mac. Retrieved from https://atlasti.com/2021/09/24/code-bar-charts-clouds-in-atlas-ti-9-windows-mac/
About the authors:
Dr. Neringa Kalpokas has dedicated her professional career to qualitative methodology. From her doctoral thesis for which she received the cum laude award in the Complutense University of Madrid to working as a visiting researcher at Harvard University, all of her research projects have been qualitative and carried out with ATLAS.ti. During her 15 years of professional work, she has published numerous articles in a variety of high-impact journals, she has given over 450 trainings, and she has helped over 8,500 people carry out qualitative research. In addition to leading the Europe Team of ATLAS.ti and being the CEO of NkQualitas, she is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research and a professor at the international IE University. Following students’ demand for more rigorous training in qualitative research, she pioneered and taught the qualitative research and ATLAS.ti course at IE University. She continually participates in international conferences to continue sharing knowledge, and she is part of a team of reviewers of articles from high-impact journals. She has repeatedly received awards for excellent teaching in qualitative research. She has also received several research grants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Government of Lithuania, and Harvard University. Her latest publications include “Demystifying Qualitative Data Analysis for Novice Qualitative Researchers“, “Teaching qualitative data analysis software online: A comparison of face-to-face and e-learning ATLAS.ti courses“, and “Leading a successful transition to democracy: A qualitative analysis of political leadership in Spain and Lithuania“.
Ivana Radivojevic, a former student of Dr. Neringa Kalpokas’ Qualitative Research course, is passionate about qualitative research and ATLAS.ti. After finishing her training, she was invited to join Neringa’s NkQualitas team and has been participating in numerous qualitative research projects since 2015, resulting in multiple publications in high-impact journals. She is currently the Project Coordinator of ATLAS.ti and is a Senior Professional Trainer. She has given numerous courses, including over 250 webinars, and she has helped over 3,000 people learn to use ATLAS.ti and conduct qualitative research. She continually participates in international conferences to learn and share knowledge with the scientific community. Her latest publications include “Demystifying Qualitative Data Analysis for Novice Qualitative Researchers“, “Teaching qualitative data analysis software online: A comparison of face-to-face and e-learning ATLAS.ti courses“, and “Leading a successful transition to democracy: A qualitative analysis of political leadership in Spain and Lithuania“.