MAXQDA has released a free update, MAXQDA 2018.2 which incorporates over 30 improvements and new features, the release notes can be found here. This blog will quickly highlight the new features.
A code map is a visual representation of your coded data. This map allows you to see your codes and any potential relationships between them. The closer the plot point is to another point the more they are related.
The analyst has the option to identify any clusters. This is done automatically and any plot points that are part of a cluster will be the same colour. The analyst also has the option to show the relationship between the codes as below.
Advanced Teamwork Options
These options allow a team more control and options when it comes and sharing and merge data on a project. This is done via a MAXQDA-Exchange-File (MEX).
The analyst exports the relevant document or information from their project file into a MEX file and sends this file to others working on the project who then import the MEX file into their own project pack. As well as the document, codes, memos, paraphrases and variables can be updated during the import process depending on the import settings.
Intercoder Agreement for Groups
The main improvement here is that one can now review different coding approaches across multiple documents at the same time making the process more efficient. The results table has been improved and is now interactive making coding decisions where there is a variance easier to make.
Stats Module Visuals
One of the limitations of MAXQDA was the limited range of charts and visuals especially in the Stats module, this has been addressed in this update with the introduction of group bar charts, histograms and box plots.
Data can also be displayed in the form of a histogram as below.
In terms of crosstab analysis previously one was limited to presenting the data as a chart, now the analyst has the option to present the data as a grouped bar chart.