24 May 2018

Qualitative analysis: where do the humans bring value?

Robots replacing humans is a fear that has been increasingly dominant in the media in recent years. The increasing presence of technology in everyday life and the decreasing need for humans in a variety of tasks has led to the fear that humanity will one day be rendered obsolete. Although technology has been present in quantitative data analysis, especially big data analysis, for a number of years, it is now increasingly being used in qualitative data analysis too, because of developments that allow robots to process natural language. Technology can help qualitative research by providing textual analysis, sentiment analysis, image and video analysis and voice recognition, leading to interview analysis, but to what extent can technology take over the role of qualitative researchers? Ultimately, what value do humans bring to the process?

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Tagged: Qualitative Research, Market Research, Focus Groups, Qualitative Analysis, Machine Learning, Qualitative Data, Artificial Intelligence, Data Collection

04 May 2018

Is machine learning getting to grip with sarcasm? Sentiment and Semantics

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It’s no secret that qualitative data is harder to analyze than quantitative. The replacement of ticked boxes for a plethora of data from verbatim, videos, group conversations and observations means that participant answers are vastly more time consuming to categorize. Not only this, but the context and motivations of the individuals need to be considered in addition to their responses and behaviors. But the effort is worth it; you can work to really understand consumer behavior and get to the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’.

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Tagged: Qualitative Research, Market Research, Focus Groups, Online Communities, Qualitative Analysis, Machine Learning, Qualitative Data, Sentiment Analysis, Semantic Analysis

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