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Intercoder Reliability

Intercoder reliability is an integral part of content analysis. It allows researchers to argue for the consistency, and by extension the validity, of their findings. This entry defines intercoder reliability and explains why it is important to assess and report it. The steps necessary to establish an acceptable level of intercoder reliability are also reviewed. Finally, competing reliability indices and guidelines for reporting intercoder reliability are detailed.

Definition and Importance

Content analysis is a research method used to systematically examine a sample of artifacts or texts to discover patterns and meanings that can be generalized to a larger body of texts. In content analysis, the term text can refer to any type of communication message that can be stored so that the researchers can access it in ...

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