I am doing PhD in the field of Philosophy. My Research area is Philosophy of Mind. For data collection, I have taken interviews of 40 people and from these interviews i will analyse their perceptions and thinking. Currently, I have around 40 audio transcriptions of the interviews conducted. Some of my seniors suggested that I should check online for some softwares which can do data analysis for me and some suggested that if i will do it manually that would be better. In my opinion if i do data analysis manually that would be more effective and results would be more honest. But again, doing analysis of 40 audio transcripts would be very tedious and bound for errors. So, that’s why i am more confused. Suggestions please!!
Hey, i think your friends are right and you should find some appropriate software for data analysis because doing data analysis manually of 40 transcripts would be difficult and tiresome work. Also, i don’t think you would be able to complete it on time as it will be very time consuming.
So, look for softwares online. There are so many softwares available.
https://www.predictiveanalyticstoday.com/top-free-qualitative-data-analysis-software/ . I came across this link. It has several name of softwares which would help you to analyze your qualitative data in a appropriate way.
Now a days it’s so easy to do such things, everything is there on internet. You can use software tools like NVivo, ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA etc.
You can do one more thing, you can google your problem for more information and softwares and can get them easily. There are many paid and unpaid softwares online if you don’t wish to spend money you can easily download the free trial copy. If you want to see how to these tools step by step, you can perform a YouTube search as well.
I would like to share my personal experience with you.
I analysed my data manually and would also suggest you to do it in the same way. I still observe some researchers perform the qualitative data analysis manually i.e., through pen and hardcopy and some opt for semi-automatic process i.e., via Excel to copy & paste transcribed text into spreadsheet for coding analysis, create computer’s folders to store / retrieve all artifacts etc. I don’t think there is any good software to analyze audio transcripts, so ill suggest you to go ahead with manual analysis.
Hey, it completely depends on you whether you analyse your data manually or with the help of softwares but i personally would recommend you to use softwares available online as it would be easier for you and also, it will save your time. Still, for your reference, i am attaching a link, through which you can see methods of data analysis with or without software.
This is a presentation on how to do qualitative analysis with or without the use of software.