Code Frequencies

You’ve successfully coded all of your data. It is now time to start the process of analysis. This can appear to be overwhelming given all of the different options that MAXQDA provides.

One of the first things I like to so when trying to make sense of the data is to run basic frequencies for the data – in this case the frequency of codes, within documents.

MAXQDA makes this simple. Go to the menu for Analysis, select code frequencies. This brings up a dialog box.

From there, either drag code or click Paste Activated codes.


This will generate a table that you can easily manipulate, to look at codes by document or segments coded (multiple codes in the same document). You can view as a table, or chart, and can export to excel or to a graphic (PNG) file for a chart.

I also like to save the output to a Free Memo (Analysis –> Free Memo). You can use the Copy to Clipboard feature in the code frequency dialog box and paste the table or chart into a memo.


You might want to do this in batches, for specific groups of codes, depending how complex your code-book is.   I’d probably just repeat the entire process for each group, and save a Free Memo where you can add the output and any notes.


For more information: consult the MAXQDA Help pages on Code Frequencies

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