content analysis

noun

: 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

Examples of content analysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These music modifications are already popular with teens and young adults on TikTok, with content analysis firm Pex finding that 38 percent of songs on the platform had their speeds or pitches modified in 2023, compared to 25 percent the year prior. Jess Weatherbed, The Verge, 12 Apr. 2024 Corporation which focused on automatic content analysis for regulatory compliance to Entrust in 2004. Sacramento Bee, 9 Apr. 2024 Building on preliminary findings from previous studies, an extensive content analysis of profanity in video games was conducted using a sample of the 150 top-selling video games across all popular game platforms (including home consoles, portable consoles, and personal computers). Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 The study’s authors conducted a content analysis, reviewing almost 100 articles from academic journals, trade publications, general-interest publications and golf associations. wsj.com, 13 Apr. 2023 The median net worth of Black households dropped 43% during the recession that followed the 2008 financial crisis, according to a 2014 report by Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank that conducts public opinion polling, demographic research and content analysis. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, 29 June 2020 And that seemingly silly content analysis? Mj Corey, refinery29.com, 9 May 2022 The answers were analyzed by using content analysis. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 27 May 2011 That process breaks down even further into campaign planning, content distribution and post-publication content analysis. Yec, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of content analysis was in 1940

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“Content analysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/content%20analysis. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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