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A Pragmatic View of Thematic Analysis

A Pragmatic View of Thematic Analysis

(Aronson, 1992). Once the information is gathered, res earchers are faced with the decision on how to analyze the data. There are many ways to anal yze informants' talk about their experiences (Mahrer, 1988; Spradley, 1979; Taylor & Bogdan, 1984), a nd thematic analysis is one such way. Although thematic analysis has been described (Benner, 1985; Leininger, 1985; Taylor & Board, 1984), there is insufficient literature that outlines the pragmatic process of thematic analysis. This article attempts to outline the procedure for perform ing a thematic analysis.

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El profesional de la informacin (EPI): Bibliometric and thematic analysis (2006-2017)

El profesional de la informacin (EPI): Bibliometric and thematic analysis (2006-2017)

On the one hand, the information available in SSCI facilitates the analysis of the main performance indicators: productivi- ty of authors in terms of publications and citations, agents and countries. This part of the analysis has been complemen- ted using the h-index and H-Classics indexes (Alonso et al., 2009; Hirsch, 2005; Martínez et al., 2014; Schreiber, 2007; Schubert, 2007). Firstly, the h-index has been applied, it allows to measure both the productivity and the impact of a set of publications, linking the number of publications and their citations. Then, the H-Classics has been applied, which is used as an impartial criterion to systematize the searching process through the h-index. The combination of both indexes reduces the discrepancy that may exist between the most cited publications and those that have not yet reached the same level, establishing a common reference point for publications within a specific knowledge area.

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Who is the host? Online identity construction on Airbnb

Who is the host? Online identity construction on Airbnb

Online identity is a dynamic, multi-faceted and socially constructed concept that. On a peer-to-peer sharing accommodation platform such as Airbnb, markers and forms of identity conveyed on self-descriptions made by hosts only provide a partial impression of the individual’s identity. Peers contribute to the construction of online identity validating, denying or complementing this concept on their reviews after face-to-face or direct communication with hosts. However, no previous study has approached the concept of identity on Airbnb considering both sources of information: self-descriptions and peer reviews. The main objective of this research was to explore how host online identity was constructed on Airbnb. For this purpose, 1,590 self-descriptions of hosts in Mallorca, Spain and 41,499 corresponding peer reviews were subjected to a qualitative thematic analysis with the aid of NVivo 11 software. Four global themes were identified: The social person, the outstanding service provider, the active individual and the multi-cultural self. These themes illustrate defining personal and social characteristics communicated about Airbnb host and shed light on the interactivity of identity on P2P platforms.

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Why include phenomenological analysis in a research methods course?

Why include phenomenological analysis in a research methods course?

Background: Guidelines for Spanish university curricula include the descriptor Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, but the latter are still poorly represented. Method: To inform the argument for phenomenological methods, the last 20-year interval of ISI databases has been content-analyzed with the following codes: discourse analysis, grounded theory, narrative analysis, phenomenological analysis and confi rmatory factor analysis, that is, four qualitative methods and a prototypical quantitative one. Results: In absolute terms, the most frequent qualitative method is grounded theory, followed by discourse analysis, phenomenological analysis and narrative analysis. However, taking into account content categories, only phenomenological analysis shows a clear psychological profi le, similar to confi rmatory factor analysis. Conclusions: We recommend starting qualitative training with a method that does not require either big groups, or big funding, and that has a procedural core that is simple, relatively well- delimited and “secularizable,” a variety of thematic analysis. Historical reasons and the clear psychological profi le evidenced by our results enhance our argument to foster the inclusion of phenomenological analysis in research method courses in psychology.

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De los estudios locales a una perspectiva regional: análisis integrado de datos secundarios en un proyecto colaborativo sobre vulnerabilidades asociadas al uso de drogas en Argentina, Brasil y Uruguay (1998-2004)

De los estudios locales a una perspectiva regional: análisis integrado de datos secundarios en un proyecto colaborativo sobre vulnerabilidades asociadas al uso de drogas en Argentina, Brasil y Uruguay (1998-2004)

Next, we describe the integration of systems of matrices from different studies (Table 1), each with its four structural components as points of reference. Thus, it was possible in the first place to elaborate a common definition of the units of analysis, which included the original populations, with a greater level of generality. The analysis of protocols, research reports, administrative docu- ments and publications in which the original in- clusion criteria were made explicit was the source for this comparison. Then, a common core of vari- ables present in the thirteen original studies was identified, along with their values and their re- spective indicators. By comparing the indicators, it was possible to establish the qualitative identity of the characteristics studied in each of the original studies. In this case, the comparison was based on a thematic analysis of the questionnaires and the examination of the serologic tests used in each study, which allowed the operational definitions and the operationalizations to be made explicit.

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				Celebrating 50 years of the Revista Interamericana de Psicologia/ Interamerican Journal of Psychology: A Content Analysis

← Return to Article Details Celebrating 50 years of the Revista Interamericana de Psicologia/ Interamerican Journal of Psychology: A Content Analysis

The second article was published by Vicente Cassepp Borges in 2004, in celebration of the 50 years of the Interamerican Society of Psychology (SIP), and covered 38 years of publications in the Revista Interamericana de Psicologia (RIP/IJP). This content analysis differ somewhat from the one conducted by Salazar (1997) in the sense the Cassepp Borges’ thematic analysis of the content took a more general approach, rather than focusing on transcultural research and that we focused on other aspects of the journal such as examining the number of issues, number of pages per article published, type of article, the evolution and distribution of the languages in which articles were published, and the countries represented in the publications. Probably, his most important contribution was the thematic analysis conducted, in which he examined all articles published and how they fit the 22 thematic categories proposed by the American Psychological Association. Findings revealed that the top five psychology categories included: Psychometrics, Developmental Psychology, Social Processes and Social Issues, Psychology of Personality, and Professional Psychological and Health Personnel Issues (Cassepp Borges, 2004). Most recently, Polanco (2016) conducted a socio-bibliometric study of the 50-years of the Revista Interamericana de Psicologia (RIP/IJP). Details on the findings of that study will be discussed on another manuscript that was submitted for publication.

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Using Thematic Contexts and Previous Solutions for Maintaining and Accessing Institutional Repositories

Using Thematic Contexts and Previous Solutions for Maintaining and Accessing Institutional Repositories

The method applied to generate suggestions takes some terms from the thematic context and forms queries, which are submitted to the reposi- tory of cases. In order to select the terms to form each query we implemented a roulette selection mechanism where the probability of choosing a particular term to form a query is proportional to the number of times the term appears in the thematic context. Roulette selection is a tech- nique typically used by Genetic Algorithms [9] to choose potentially useful solutions for recombina- tion, where the fitness level is used to associate a probability of selection. This approach results in a non-deterministic exploration of term space that favors the fittest terms. A number of queries are then submitted and a set of documents simi- lar to the thematic context are selected. The co- sine similarity measure described earlier is used for this purpose. In order to determine which documents are selected for further analysis, a hy- percone is computed with axis corresponding to the thematic context vector and angle defined in terms of the given similarity threshold. The set of documents whose vector representations fall in- side this hypercone are retrieved as potentially useful cases.

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Early Adventists’ Homiletical Principles and the Expository-vs-Thematic Sermons Discussion

Early Adventists’ Homiletical Principles and the Expository-vs-Thematic Sermons Discussion

Miller’s sermons can be classified as fundamentally thematic/doctri- nal. Three main reasons can be given to explain this homiletical election. First and foremost, the topical/thematic sermon was a result of his her- meneutical presupposition that the Bible is a system of truth, and that the meaning of a word, a symbol, a concept, or a doctrine need to be searched through the whole Bible. As he preached to show the biblical foundation of his discoveries, he went through the whole Bible to convince people of these truths. Second, most of Miller’s contemporary preachers used the topical/thematic sermon to preach—especially when it comes to doctri- nes. Third, thematic/doctrinal structure matched with the nature of the content of Miller’s sermons. Miller preached fundamentally about only one doctrine —the literal, visible, premillennial return of Jesus— and this doctrine was conformed by the prophetic sections of the books of Daniel, Matthew, and Revelation.

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Activism in changing times: Reinvigorating community psychology: Introduction to the Special Thematic Section

Activism in changing times: Reinvigorating community psychology: Introduction to the Special Thematic Section

The field of community psychology has for decades concerned itself with the theory and practice of bottom-up emancipatory efforts to tackle health inequalities and other social injustices, often assuming a consensus around values of equality, tolerance and human rights. However, recent global socio-political shifts, particularly the individualisation of neoliberalism and the rise of intolerant, exclusionary politics, have shaken those assumptions, creating what many perceive to be exceptionally hostile conditions for emancipatory activism. This special thematic section brings together a diverse series of articles which address how health and social justice activists are responding to contemporary conditions, in the interest of re-invigorating community psychology’s contribution to emancipatory efforts. The current article introduces our collective conceptualisation of these ‘changing times’, the challenges they pose, and four openings offered by the collection of articles. Firstly, against the backdrop of neoliberal hegemony, these articles argue for a return to community psychology’s core principle of relationality. Secondly, articles identify novel sources of disruptive community agency, in the resistant identities of nonconformist groups, and new, technologically-mediated communicative relations. Thirdly, articles prompt a critical reflection on the potentials and tensions of scholar-activist-community relationships. Fourthly, and collectively, the articles inspire a politics of hope rather than of despair. Building on the creativity of the activists and authors represented in this special section, we conclude that the environment of neoliberal individualism and intolerance, rather than rendering community psychology outdated, serves to re-invigorate its core commitment to relationality, and to a bold and combative scholar-activism.

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Intelligent algorithms for reducing query propagation in thematic P2P search

Intelligent algorithms for reducing query propagation in thematic P2P search

The current information age has facilitated the generation, publication and ac- cess to geographically dispersed resources and heterogeneous content. As search- ing and sharing information directly from personal computers become more prevalent, new opportunities arise to preserve, foster and exploit the diversity of social communities in Internet. In this scenario we can identify several re- search challenges for developing mechanisms to manage and access distributed resources in a variety of formats. While research on peer-to-peer (P2P) systems has facilitated the implementation of robust distributed architectures, there are still several limitations faced by current search mechanisms. In particular, these mechanisms are unable to reflect a thematic context in a search request and to effectively take advantage of the peers’ interests to improve the network com- munication patterns.

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Page THEMATIC WORK AREA 1: REGIONAL NETWORKING 5 TWA 1: HIGH PRIORITY TASKS

Page THEMATIC WORK AREA 1: REGIONAL NETWORKING 5 TWA 1: HIGH PRIORITY TASKS

Conduct a scoping review of technical aspects of relevance to the Ramsar Convention in the finance, banking, investment, insurance and other economic sectors, with a view to developing enhanced understanding of the implications for wetland-related policy and decision-making of economics-based approaches to investment and insurance risk analysis, tradeoffs, incentives, perverse incentives, modeling, forecasting, water and wetland commodities pricing, hunting and harvesting in wetlands, trade in wetland products, flood risk management, floodplain planning controls, health costs and benefits, and other aspects, taking into account evolving perspectives on valuation of wetland ecosystem services, having regard to opportunities for raising awareness of wetland issues in the financial sector.

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Thematic Review Series: Genetics of Human Lipid Diseases

Thematic Review Series: Genetics of Human Lipid Diseases

Several common functional APOA5 variants have been identifi ed ( 74 ). However, because these variants are largely not genotyped by the International HapMap Consortium, it is impossible to determine whether they underlie the associations with the APOA5 lead SNP (rs964184). For in- stance, a coding sequence variant causing a serine-to-tryp- tophan substitution at amino acid residue 19 (S19W) in the signal peptide of apoA-V ( 75 ) impairs protein translo- cation and secretion ( 76 ). Several promoter variants have also been identifi ed ( 63, 75 ), including ⫺ 3A>G in the APOA5 Kozak sequence and ⫺ 1131T>C. Functional analy- ses in vitro suggest that it is primarily the -3A>G variant that decreases APOA5 expression, whereas –1131T>C has minimal effect on expression ( 76, 77 ). Interestingly, the ⫺ 1131T>C variant is located on a haplotype distinct from S19W and is in strong LD with functional APOC3 variants ( 75, 78 ), suggesting that could underlie the APOC3 asso- ciation with plasma TG ( 78, 79 ). Both the S19W and the ⫺ 1131T>C variants are also strong predictors of HTG ( 34, 55, 80 ) and increased CVD risk ( 81, 82 ). The APOA5 S19W carriers are >6 times more likely to be diagnosed with se- vere HTG than controls ( 80 ). Rare loss-of-function APOA5 variants are also associated with HTG ( 32, 53, 83 ). Func- tional analysis of such variants has generally revealed loss of LPL activity, particularly with C-terminal truncation mu- tations that interfere with apoA-V ability to interact with lipid and lipoproteins ( 61 ). Finally, 41.8% of patients with severe HTG were carriers for either the APOA5 S19W mu- tation or at least one of the above-mentioned rare APOA5 , LPL, or APOC2 variants compared with only 8.9% of con- trols who carried these variants ( 53 ).

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An Example of Consistent Spatial and Thematic Data Integration in Large Areas by GIS: the Geological Map of Santa Cruz Province (Argentina)

An Example of Consistent Spatial and Thematic Data Integration in Large Areas by GIS: the Geological Map of Santa Cruz Province (Argentina)

The geographical integration of several digital maps in large areas is a difficult task. There are some operational and other problems related to the nature of geoinformation data. It is necessary to deal with data management of huge amount of data, administration of spatial and thematic consistency, digitising and edition coordination, definition of methods and levels of data generalization, and the balance between computer processing capacity and cartographic product.

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Analysis of Thematic Classified Aerial Images Trough Multispectral and LIDAR Data

Analysis of Thematic Classified Aerial Images Trough Multispectral and LIDAR Data

the classification of remote images needs the obtained products with an optimal accuracy. The registered images from the airplanes display a very satisfactory spatial resolution, but the classical methods of thematic classification not always give better results than when the registered data from satellite are used. In order to improve these results of classification, in this work, the LIDAR sensor data from first return (Light Detection And Ranging) registered simultaneously with the spectral sensor data from airborne are jointly used. The final results of the thematic classification of the scene object of study have been obtained, quantified and discussed with and without LIDAR data, after applying different methods: Maximum Likehood Classification, Support Vector Machine with four different functions kernel and Isodata clustering algorithm (ML, SVM-L, SVM-P, SVM-RBF, SVM-S, Isodata). The best results are obtained for SVM with Sigmoide kernel. These allow the correlation with others different physical parameters with great interest like Manning hydraulic coefficient, for their incorporation in a GIS and their application in hydraulic modelling.

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Crossing international borders in search of a better life: Examining the psychological impact of the immigration experience

Crossing international borders in search of a better life: Examining the psychological impact of the immigration experience

Described as hardships, interviewees revealed how life at home affected their well-being. One interviewee, Marco, described his experience growing up in Honduras as a financial struggle. He revealed, “Trabajaba, iba a la escuela, teníamos que caminar unas dos millas, creo que como unos 4 kilómetros, cada día. Íbamos con uniformes pero descalzos porque no teníamos zapatos” (March 24, 2017). Another interviewee, Mariela, discussed being a victim of various types of traumatic abuse and violence; she said, “Vivimos en casas ajenas allá en México, con familiares, con amistades, donde nos golpeaban, había abuso sexual, abuso físico, todo tipo de abuso” ” (March 26, 2017). Encompassing the thematic underpinnings of this theme, Cecilia narrates her personal life experiences when she lived in Mexico. She stated:

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Towards a typology of British Worl War poetry

Towards a typology of British Worl War poetry

Within the patriotic poems we will find many different approaches and intentions. One of them will be that in which the main intention of the poet is to persuade the reader into joining the army, to which purpose he will avail himself of a large number of recurring inquisitive questions which will be raised without further ado with the intention of encouraging readers to defend England from the enemy. Before beginning the analysis I think it is important to first make a remark regarding the nomenclature used to refer to patriotic poems. The term “jingoistic "will be uses instead of “patriotic” sometimes since both terms are interchangeable, coming the term jingoistic from the minced oath Jingo, a euphemism coined by the prominent British radical George Holyoake in a letter to the Daily News on 13 March 1878 (Caedel 105) having taken it from chorus of a song by G. H. Mac Dermott and G. W. Hunt where the term Jingo refers to Jesus:

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Every night the universe passes over Santiago : transnational “ecocinema” and visualising environmental histories in Patricio Guzmán’s nostalgia for the light

Every night the universe passes over Santiago : transnational “ecocinema” and visualising environmental histories in Patricio Guzmán’s nostalgia for the light

This paper tests the capacity of media and popular culture to articulate complex ecological ideas, carrying out an analysis of Patricio Guzmán’s 2010 documentary Nostalgia de la luz [Nostalgia for the Light]. Through applying and developing arguments involved in the study of “ecocinema”, including the concept of “flow”, the paper also considers the possibility that texts situated within a transnational media industry might articulate localized perspectives on place, nature, and people, able to resonate with a global audience. The film is set in the Atacama desert, a location which brings together cosmologists, palaeontologists, archaeologists, women searching for traces of the “disappeared”, and men who were imprisoned in the desert’s Chacabuco concentration camp – also the site of early twentieth-century nitrate mining. According to Guzmán, these people are united by a common purpose: their ongoing attempt to uncover the stories of the past, from the origins of the universe to more recent social and political narratives. Through this emphasis on memory, the paper argues, Guzmán develops a radical form of nostalgia which reveals the desert’s significance not only to Chilean history but also its connection to the matter of the cosmos and to flows of global capital, a connection which implicates the film’s global audience both ecologically and socio-politically. Thus, the paper makes a case for the ecological significance of the film both in terms of the relationship it establishes between deep environmental and planetary history and a recent human history embedded in modernity, and its ability to foster a form of transnational eco-cosmopolitanism.

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Financial analysis

Financial analysis

Vertical analysis of a financial statement shows the relationship of each item in one of the financial statements of the company to a specific base — total assets on the balance sheet and total revenues on the income statement. Its purpose is to show what percent of the base is represented by each item listed on a financial statement.

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