Common to all dictionary-based programs is the automatic coding of texts. Some of these programs, e.g. DICTION, come with a fixed dictionary, which, of course, contains an innate theoretical bias. Some programs have customizable dictionaries, while still others require the building of a dictionary from scratch.
coan coan is a fairly flexible program, which enables users to develop their own dictionaries. It performs a number of textual statistics, among others concordances. However, the manual is only in German available and its Windows-3.1-style interface is not intuitive.
Diction analysis political texts using a dictionary based on the categorization scheme developed by Roderick P. Hart. Hart's scheme distinguishes 5 main semantic features — activity, optimism, certainty, realism and commonality. It also attempts to analyze the tenacity of a speech. Its customization for alternative analyses is highly limited. Whilst we have not evaluated Diction yet, consult Kimberly Neuendorf's review of Diction.
General Inquirer General Inquirer performs content analyses with dictionaries based on the Lasswell and Harvard IV-4 dictionaries.
MAXdictio MAXdictio is an add-on for MAXqda, which facilitates the development of dictionaries for automatic coding in MAXqda.
Prospéro generates, among others, concordances, larger networks of associated words, and helps organizing text along category schemes. Its interface is in French, but dictionaries in French, English, German, and Spanish are available, and you can edit your own dictionaries, too.
TABARI, developed at KEDS, uses a dictionary based approach to extract event data from news reports. Although the program has mainly been used for conflict data from English language sources, its dictionaries are easily customizable for the analyses of all types of events from data in any language using the Latinic alphabet.
TextQuest Apart from generating
readability and stylistic statistics, TextQuest uses Colin Martindale's Regressive Imagery Dictionary, the Harvard Psychological Dictionary, the Hamburg
Communication Sociology Dictionary, the Dresdner Angstwörterbuch, and a dictionary for the analysis of personals (contact ads) to analyze written texts.
WordStat WordStat for SIMSTAT "is a text analysis module specifically designed to study textual information such as responses to open-ended questions, interviews, titles, journal articles, public speeches, electronic communications, etc."