Exploring the effects of segmentation on semi-structured interview data with epistemic network analysis

Szilvia Zörgő, Zachari Swiecki, A. R. Ruis

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Quantitative ethnographic models are typically constructed using qualitative data that has been segmented and coded. While there exist methodological studies that have investigated the effects of changes in coding on model features, the effects of segmentation have received less attention. Our aim was to examine, using a dataset comprised of narratives from semi-structured interviews, the effects of different segmentation decisions on population- and individual-level model features via epistemic network analysis. We found that while segmentation choices may not affect model features overall, the effects on some individual networks can be substantial. This study demonstrates a novel method for exploring and quantifying the impact of segmentation choices on model features.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Quantitative Ethnography
Subtitle of host publicationSecond International Conference, ICQE 2020 Malibu, CA, USA, February 1–3, 2021 Proceedings
EditorsAndrew R. Ruis, Seung B. Lee
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783030677886
ISBN (Print)9783030677879
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventInternational Conference on Quantitative Ethnography 2020 - Malibu, United States of America
Duration: 1 Feb 20213 Feb 2021
Conference number: 2nd
https://www.icqe20.org (Website)
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-67788-6 (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


ConferenceInternational Conference on Quantitative Ethnography 2020
Abbreviated titleICQE 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • Data segmentation
  • Epistemic network analysis (ENA)
  • Methodology
  • Quantitative ethnography (QE)
  • Semi-structured interviews

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