Code text verbatims

The "Recode..." dialog

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Updated at October 18th, 2019

Open-end responses are great in surveys as respondents can answer in the their own words.  But many ideas may represent the same basic concept.  For analysis it can be useful to group them into broader countable categories.  

Protobi has a few features to simplify the process of coding text verbatims, including the Recode dialog:

Consider a question below with text responses:

From the element context menu select "Recode..." to bring up the recoding dialog:

From here you can filter, select and drag responses to existing or new categories. 

Filter responses 

Enter a text fragment to filter responses, e.g. containing the word "reusable" and click to select one or more:

Create a new code

Press the "New code" button or drag the selected responses to on to it, and enter a name.  The new code appears on the left:

In this view, the count (e.g. 3) is the count of unique responses that comprise the code, not the count of respondents.

Put one response into multiple codes

Dragging a response to a code will move that into the new category and remove it from its prior location.

To put one response in more than one code, hold the shift key when dropping to copy rather than move it. 

Apply and save

Continue until the results are categorized as you wish.  Press "Apply" to accept the changes (and press Save in the project to make them permanent)

The updated distribution will be shown:

Tips

Clone an element before coding so you have both the original and raw values.

To apply one code frame to multiple elements, put the elements into a group and do recoding on the parent group.   First for the group, set its Transform to "Condense (squish)" so the child element values bubble up to the parent.


Recoding text verbatims

Watch this video to learn how to group text verbatims into categories.

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