Hi there, I am having trouble performing a # of functions in NVIVO for Mac despite reviewing the help manual and many online tutorials. Perhaps I'm being dense, but I"m hoping somebody can walk me through some of these functions step by step. Thanks for your patience and support.
1)Would like to compare two groups on certain nodes, or on node frequency in general. I created case classifications for group A and B and assigned cases to each, but did not add any attributes, bc its not necessary. I want all of group A vs all of group B. I attempted to do this comparison using matrix query, or crosstabs, and it seemed like I just couldn't enter the inputs properly. Basically I just want to see how coding differed between groups. I also may want to look up certain nodes and see if group A used it more than group B for example. This seems so basic, yet I can't figure out how to do it!
2)I'd like to do inter rater reliability with 2 students of mine on a few files. Is the only way to do this to import the entire project? I attempted to import those few files, but the coding was lost and it was treated as if it was my file. I have 2 students using the same laptop to code. They are doing 3 sample transcripts, and I want to check IRR. How can I do that? The help manual keeps making it seem like you can just add a user, but the option is not being given to me under preferences. I can only change my own user name, but I cant add another one. I read the sections on teamwork thoroughly, yet nowhere does it explain how to attribute a file to another user. I'm guessing they should save the project with their coding (even if its only 3 files) and then I should "import"--will that automatically attribute it to the correct user? Also, we have 2 students using the same lab laptop with the same version of NVIVO. Again, I saw you had something in the help section about this. I'm hopeful that they created individual logins bc they logged into the computer separately, but I"m not sure. How can I track these 3 separate users?
3) I'd like to run queries and do visualizations but remove certain words from use. For example, my transcripts of interviews say "Interviewer: text and Student: text". The words "interviewer" and "student" then end up featuring prominently in my word cloud, but they are useless. I also end up with words like "like" and "maybe"--also useless to me. Can I select words to ignore in the analysis so I get a better picture of core content?
Lastly, is there a chat or phone support line for help with running analyses and using the software? I feel silly for asking these things, but the fact is, I spent hours on tutorials and scouring various websites, and this information simply didn't become clear. Unfortunately I am facing deadlines and unable to complete a 3-6 week online course. What other resources besides videos & the help guide do you recommend for better learning certain software functions?
I thank you in advance for your time, patience and assistance.