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AQUAD 7 is open-source freeware software that was originally developed in the tradition of qualitative coding and qualitative content analysis.

Category

Qualitative Data Analysis Software Free

Features

• Content analysis without transcriptions
• Content analysis of texts directly on the screen.
• Coding by clicking in an automatically created register of codes (master code list).
• Variable length of codes, maximum 60 characters.
• Practically unlimited memos; text segments, part of other memos, saved findings, etc.
• Analysis separately by speakers in audio-, video-, textfiles.
• Word analysis:
• Table analysis on one, two or three levels of criteria (that is, hierarchical order of criteria).

License

Open Source

Price

Free

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Available

Users Size

Small (<50 employees), Medium (50 to 1000 employees), Enterprise (>1001 employees)

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Company

Aquad

What is best?

• Analysis separately by speakers (or any unit like items in questionnaires, etc.) in audio-, video-, textfiles.
• Word analysis: Differentiation of files into single words, analysis with dictionaries of meaning (word catalogs) and speaker codes.
• Table analysis on one, two or three levels of criteria (that is, hierarchical order of criteria).
• Construction of linkage hypotheses (linked units of meaning) by clicking.
• Comparison of cases/files by Boolean analysis of critical features and identification of „types“ („logical minimization“).
• Sequential analysis of any kind of „text“ (based on the methodological approach of Objective Hermeneutics)

What are the benefits?

• Supports multiple data formats
• Supports direct testing of hypotheses
• Foster the transparency of analyses
• Integrate statistical environment R
• Transcode videos to MPEG4
• Export audio and video code files to advanced SSA format

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Ease of use
7.6
Features & Functionality
7.6
Advanced Features
7.4
Integration
7.4
Performance
7.5
Training
Customer Support
7.5
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AQUAD supports the following data types: texts of any kind (e.g. transcripts of social interactions, letters, documents, …)
audio-data (e.g. interview recordings), video-data (e.g. observations) and pictures (e.g. photos, drawing).

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AQUAD 7 is open-source freeware software that was originally developed in the tradition of qualitative coding and qualitative content analysis. AQUAD 7 allows to trace back and explain each code based on the original data material. Hypotheses can be tested directly on the source material. This avoids extra and sometimes unnecessary work like transcriptions (audio, video) or paraphrasing. The quality does not suffer by using this method – quite the opposite: Paraphrases must be seen as an act of interpretation and therefore they cause a certain level of uncertainty in an analysis. If users code a paraphrase, users are actually analyzing their own paraphrasing skills, but not the „real” content of the source material. Additionally, transcriptions are not necessary any longer if users can code the audio or video data directly. In case of uncertainties, users can always go back to the original data and decide about a code. Another feature of AQUAD 7 is the analysis by means of Boolean algebra – called implicant analysis. This method allows AQUAD 7 to perform meta-analyses and to identify distinct types to build larger typologies. This method represents a sort of exploratory analysis and allows to test very flexible hypotheses about code configurations over all cases. AQUAD 7 supports – as the first software at all – to analyse data with the method called sequential analysis, which is part of the objective hermeneutics approach. Sequential analysis is a method mostly applied by small teams of researchers trying to reconstruct case structures. The module in AQUAD 7 does not alter the method, but adds a very precise computer supported documentation system to foster the transparency of this type of analysis. Additionally, it forces researchers to stick strictly to the characteristics of the procedure.

 

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  • Jonathan
    August 18, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Features an interface with the statistical software R which allows the program to perform qualitative and quantitative analyses

    Company size

    Medium (50 to 1000)

    User Role

    Executive

    User Industry

    Manufacturing

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    Ease of use8.3

    AQUAD 7 is open-source freeware distributed according to the conditions of GNU GPL v.3. .AQUAD 7 features an interface with the statistical software R which allows the program to perform qualitative and quantitative analyses. AQUAD 7 allows you to test hypotheses directly on the source material. You are able to trace back and explain each code based on the original data material.

    Features & Functionality8.1

    Advanced Features8.4

    Integration8.2

    Training 8.2

    Customer Support8.2

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    This helps you avoid needless work like transcriptions (audio, video) or paraphrasing. Paraphrasing seeks to achieve accurate interpretation of information with a particular level of certainty in its analysis, and AQAD 7 improves these processes including the quality of paraphrasing. In case of uncertainties, you can always go back to the original data and decide about a code. Another feature of AQUAD 7 is implicant analysis which is analysis by means of Boolean algebra. This method allows you to perform meta-analyses and to identify distinct types to build larger typologies. The method represents a sort of exploratory analysis and allows one to test very flexible hypotheses about code configurations over all cases. AQUAD 7 is one of the few applications that can perform sequential analysis, a method mostly applied by researchers trying to reconstruct case structures. The module in AQUAD 7 adds a very precise computer supported documentation system to foster the transparency and to stick strictly to the characteristics of the procedure.

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