PS102Lecture14

PS102Lecture14 - CONTENTANALYSIS PoliticalScience102...

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CONTENT ANALYSIS Political Science 102 Introduction to Political Inquiry Lecture 14
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EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF THE  WRITTEN RECORD Running record often involves aggregate  statistical data Relatively easy to convert to analysis Some running and many episodic records are  language rather than numbers Traditionally examining language implied  qualitative analysis Kremlinologists Johnston on Chinese Foreign Policy Extract excerpts, quotations, or examples from the written  record to support an observation or relationship
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THE SYSTEMATIC ANALYSIS OF  CONTENT Also possible to quantify language Count appearances of content in a document Known as “content analysis” Used to be VERY costly to engage in content  analysis Human coders invested lots of time COPDAB and WEIS data in 1970’s Recent technology has made quantitative  measurement of content easier Digitalization of the record Computing power to analyze and record language
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