For many methodological approaches, “constant comparison” is an important part of the analysis. By comparing different statements, one can identify special features and characteristics and thus work out distinguishing criteria and commonalities. And at best, one can still clearly record the insights gained in this way.
Here we show how this is done in f4analyse:
1. Select text passages
In the “Selection” tab, the “Selection A” tab opens first. Here you select all texts from which the quotes are to come. For example, all texts from people in Hesse. Then you select the codes that interest you, for example the code “Attitude towards speed limit”.
Now all matching quotes will be displayed. In the yellow comment field below, you can already condense or comment on these statements.
In “Selection B” you do the same with the comparison texts. For example the texts of persons from Bavaria to the same code. Also now all relevant text passages are displayed automatically.
2. Compare text passages
The “Comparison A/B” tab lists the statements of selection A on the left and those of selection B on the right. Now you can read them and compare them on a linguistic, content or argumentative level.
To record the results, simply use the comment field below. Depending on your perspective, you choose whether you want to use the comment field of one of the selected texts or one of the selected codes.
Of course, you can do the same with the statements of individual persons. In this case, you select the same text in both selection A and B. Or you compare several topics with each other and enter only one code in selection A and selection B each.
A little bit more detailed: In our videotutorial