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CAQDAS Comparison

CAQDAS Comparison / Variable Diagrams

Some CAQDAS, namely ATLAS.ti, HyperRESEARCH, NVivo, and Qualrus, allow for the visualization of theoretical models among variables/codes in diagrams. While these model builders are not as flexible graphic programs such as Corel Draw, they are much easier to operate. While HyperRESEARCH merely allows you to diagrammatically link different codes with each other, NVivo and Qualrus offer several types of links to depict causality, interdependence, hierarchy, and contradiction. ATLAS.ti offers the by far most flexible model editor, which allows you to customize the types of linkages between codes. It is also the only editor that actually links the codes among each other via hyperlinks.

  Visualization Option Ease of Use Types of Links Links refer to Data
ATLAS.ti 5.0 complex models simple customizable yes
HyperRESEARCH 2.6 very basic straightforward none no
Kwalitan 5.09 no n/a n/a n/a
MAXqda 2 no n/a n/a n/a
N6 no n/a n/a n/a
NVivo 2 basic straightforward three types no
QDA Miner 1.0.15 no n/a n/a n/a
Qualrus basic straightforward cause/effect; exclusion/contradiction; aspect of n/a
TAMS 2.50b5
Non-CAQDAS benchmark programs
Graphics Program customizable cumbersome customizable no
Paper & Pen customizable :-) customizable no

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