How to analyse Open end Type answer


I am analysing data from the data survey which has many open end type questions i.e opinions.

Is there any way or technique to summarise open ended answers to make cross tabulation faterer and meaningful.


Thank you.


Jim W (Moderator) answered

    There are several articles in the SurveyGizmo documentation that looks at techniques for analyzing open text:

    There is nothing specific to summarizing text for cross tabulation.  I did some work on this type of text analysis in grad school.  Text analysis is easy in document reviews where there is a single author or a common writing style and vocabulary usage.  It is much more difficult when the text is provided by multiple authors using different terminology and styles. Summarizing is much more difficult, because you are forced to interpret the different responses which introduces an element of bias.

    Good luck!



    Jim W (Moderator) answered


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