5/23/2013 Get more from your qualitative data analysis
Data filtering can bring forth powerful insights when conducting a qualitative data analysis in Dedoose. By narrowing the scope of your data set using Boolean operations you can see how isolated sets of data may differ from your data set as a whole. This could lead to a richer analysis or even the formation of new research questions.
For this example, let’s assume you want to filter a group of children in a study by fathers who work full-time.
Let’s walk through it step-by-step:
The idea here is that you will deactivate everything, and then only activate what you wish to use in the filter.
So in our case, you could select the field 'Father Work Status.'
At this point, all the excerpts shown in that center section should be gray to indicate they are deactivated.
This will activate everything shown on that screen...not ALL data from your project. :)
You must click on the Dataset tab to see the number of items that are now active in the project. These numbers for descriptors, resources, users, codes, and total excerpts will show up in the top left of the Dataset tab. In the example, we now have 7 descriptors and 101 of the excerpts active.
You will know that the filter is applied because the Data Set icon will show RED. Now, in all other workspaces you will be looking at filtered data.
Now that we have walked through this process you will be able to view your filtered data in the charts and graphs of the Analyze workspace. You can even toggle between filtered and unfiltered data in these charts as long as that Data Set icon is glowing RED by clicking on the ‘funnel’ icon that will appear in the chart panel headers.
Clearing the Filter:
If you will be looking at this filter often, it may be helpful to save this data set you have created. Do this by clicking on the Data Set icon and then clicking the button labeled ‘Create’ while the filter is still active. Here you can title the filter and add a description. To clear the filter you have applied click on the Data Set icon once more. Click on the ‘Data Set’ tab and click the button labeled “Clear Current Set” located at the left of the screen. And voila! You are back to your full set of data—and closing Dedoose will also serve to clear any active filters.