What is it? WordStat is software that performs high-speed content analysis on text data. This process is also known as text mining. You may create your own categorization dictionaries within WordStat or import pre-existing subject dictionaries. It can also extract topics automatically using either cluster analysis or latent semantic analysis.
Wordstat works as a stand-alone package (a recent change) or as a supplemental program that is activated from within either QDA Miner or Stata. WordStat provides many of the same types of analyses as QDA Miner such as co-occurrence analysis and analyzing text categories by other variables such as age or gender.
What can I use it for? Students, faculty, and staff can use WordStat for university-related teaching and academic research purposes. Use that benefits outside organizations requires the purchase of a commercial license.
Where can I run it? WordStat is available at no additional charge to faculty, staff and students at UTK, UTC, UTM, and UTHSC for installation on university-owned and personally-owned Windows PCs. The download and installation instructions are available at the OIT Software Download web page. It is also available on OIT’s Apps@UT server and on the computers in the OIT public computer labs. On that server currently, WordStat can only be started from within QDA Miner. There is no simultaneous user limit there for WordStat.
How can I learn it? OIT offers workshops on WordStat each semester, and you can schedule a one-on-one tutorial by calling the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900. Tutorials are also available online at the company’s web page. There are also several thousand tutorials available in a variety of languages on YouTube.