Variables in NVivo v.2
Authors of this page: Graham R. Gibbs and Celia Taylor
Affiliation: University of Huddersfield
Date written: 30th June 2005
Attributes and variables
Variables, also known as attributes, are familiar in quantitative research, but can also be used in qualitative analysis. Typically each case in a study might be assigned a value for each variable. (They may have no value if the variable is not applicable.) Common examples are the gender of a respondent - male or female, age of respondent in years and place of residence.
Too set up attributes or variables in a project
- In the project pad click Documents tab and click Attributes tab, then click Edit a Document Attribute button.
- The Create/Edit Document Attributes dialog opens.
- click Create a new Attribute radio button.
- Type in the new attribute name and click Apply button.
- The new attribute appears in the list on the left. See Figure 1.
- click the new attribute name in this list and click Value tab. Type in a value and click Apply.
- Repeat as many times as needed for other values. (N.B. by default there are values for unassigned, unknown and not applicable already entered.) click Close.
- To explore and change attributes, click Explore Document Attributes button in the Project Pad. The Explorer opens.
- To apply values right click in a cell and click the value you want to apply in the pop-up menu. See Figure 2.
- Similar procedures can be followed to establish and apply attributes for nodes.
Figure 1. NVivo Create/Edit Document Attributes dialog
Figure 2. NVivo Document Attribute Explorer dialog.