content analysis


Definition of content analysis

: analysis of the manifest and latent content of a body of communicated material (such as a book or film) through a classification, tabulation, and evaluation of its key symbols and themes in order to ascertain its meaning and probable effect

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Recent Examples on the Web This description is part of an explanation of the theory behind the content analysis software Diction. Julia Azari, Vox, "Who wrote the anonymous White House op-ed? A linguistic analysis.," 7 Sep. 2018 Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said Bishop may face additional charges depending on the results of a blood-alcohol content analysis, which could take another week. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Dancing FBI agent who shot someone is due in court on assault charge," 13 June 2018 The report, issued every year before the Academy Awards, is based on content analysis of 2,361 characters appearing in the 100 top films of 2017. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Women in film: Bad news overall with bright spots for women of color, annual study shows," 22 Feb. 2018 The book includes history, content analysis, artist interviews, amusing asides and more than 100 pages of illustrations. New York Times, "10 New Books We Recommend This Week," 21 Dec. 2017 Recent content analyses of comment streams have found them equally, and in many cases more, uncivil than the underlying author work being commented upon. Ken Stern, The Hive, "“Combat Journalism”: How the Internet Changed the Republican Party Forever," 24 Oct. 2017 The Pew Research Center, in a content analysis of the early days of the Trump presidency, found that 62 percent of the coverage was negative and only 5 percent was positive. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Trump’s Right: His Media Coverage Is Mostly Negative," 2 Oct. 2017 Analysts would also be likely to use technology to perform content analysis on the president's tweets in the aggregate. Author: Nada Bakos, Alaska Dispatch News, "Trump’s Twitter feed is a gold mine for foreign spies," 26 June 2017

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Content analysis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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