Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

December 2004

Publication Source

Quality and Quantity

Volume

38

Issue

6

Start Page

787

Last Page

800

DOI

10.1007/s11135-004-8107-7

Abstract

This paper reports a new tool for assessing the reliability of text interpretations heretofore unavailable to qualitative research. It responds to a combination of two challenges, the problem of assessing the reliability of multiple interpretations -- a solution to this problem was anticipated earlier (Krippendorff, 1992) but not fully developed -- and the problem of identifying units of analysis within a continuum of text and similar representations (Krippendorff, 1995). The paper sketches the family of α-coefficients, which this paper extends, and then describes its new arrival. A computational example is included in the Appendix.

Copyright/Permission Statement

The final publication is available at www.springerlink.com

Keywords

reliability, qualitative, text analysis, unitizing, multiple interpretations, krippendorff’s alpha

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Date Posted: 22 January 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.