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PSCI2701B - Class 8 - Nov 5 2013.docx

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Political Science
PSCI 2701
Simon Langlois- Bertrand

PSCI2701BClass 8Nov 5 2013Content analysisUseful for assignment number 3Analyze texts in a systematic way and detecting patternsCounting words terms expressions that may come back and making conclusions from trendsoEg looking at past court proceedings and trying to establish a pattern of judgements for a particular judgeUsefulness is to allow for a systematic comparison Start with a research question and welldefined concepts Population is the population of casesoThe entire set of cases that you could pick from If you are studying countries it is all the countries Must define who you are talking aboutWhen selecting cases it may be necessary to sample If you are counting it would be good if you had a sample that represented the whole populationIndicators you can use oIdeasthemes The big thing the author is telling you or general idea of the article oFrequency Counting part a key term or expression that you are trying to see how often is usedoIntensity Is it something you think is important to look at Something that is emphasized eg prime minister saying something is the main focusoProminence Is it on the front page of the newspaper or page 22
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