How can I analyze a data from a qualitative research?

Interesting post from my friend Fernando Kenji!

Fernando Kenji Kamei

Which direction to go? Which direction to go?

I have studied years ago about Systematic Review and Qualitative Research during my master degree. You can read a diversity of material about these in the technical reports, articles and books, which explain how to conduct, how to extract data, but a little focusing about how to analyze and synthetize the data. So, the big question is: How we can analyze the qualitative data? [my question now during the PhD]

What kind of method do you prefer? What the difference about the existing methods?

I always listening my teachers saying that to conduct a qualitative research, the better methods to analyze data are Grounded Theory or Thematic Analysis. But, what is a Thematic analysis? What is a Grounded Theory?

Existing in the literature many materials about it, but for the Computer Science I recommend to read:

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Research Type Facet

Classes Description
Validation Research Tools investigated are novel and have not yet been implemented in practice. Tools used are for example experiments, i.e., work done in the lab.
Evaluation Research Tools are implemented in practice and an evaluation of the tool is conducted. That means, it is shown how the tool is implemented in practice (solution implementation) and what are the consequences of the implementation in terms of benefits and drawbacks (implementation evaluation). This also includes identification of problems in industry.
Solution Proposal A solution for a problem is proposed, the solution can be either novel or a significant extension of an existing tool. The potential benefits and the applicability of the solution is shown by a small example or a good line of argumentation.
Philosophical Paper These papers sketch a new way of looking at existing things by structuring the field in form of a taxonomy or conceptual framework.
Opinion Paper These papers express the personal opinion of somebody whether a certain tool is good or bad, or how things should be done. They do not rely on related work and research methodologies.
Experience Paper Experience papers explain what and how something has been done in practice. It has to be the personal experience of the author.

List of Journals and Conferences

List of Journals


ACM Computing Survey
ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM)
Annals of Software Engineering
Automated Software Engineering
ELSEVIER Information and Software Technology (IST)
ELSEVIER Journal of Systems and Software (JSS)
IEEE Software
IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
Journal of Systems and Software
Software Process: Improvement and Practice
Software Practice and Experience
Journal of Software Maintenance Research and Practice
Journal of Systems and Software (JSS)
Software Practice and Experience (SPE) Journal
Software Quality Journal
Software Testing, Verification and Reliability

List of Conferences

Acronym Conference Name
APSEC Asia Pacific Software Engineering Conference
ASE International Conference on Automated Software Engineering
CAiSE International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering
CBSE International Symposium on Component-based Software Engineering
COMPSAC International Computer Software and Applications Conference
ECBS International Conference and Workshop on the Engineering of Computer Based Systems
ECOWS European Conference on Web Services
ECSA European Conference on Software Architecture
ESEC European Software Engineering Conference
ESEM Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement
FASE Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering
ICCBSS International Conference on Composition-Based Software Systems
ICSE International Conference on Software Engineering
ICSM International Conference on Software Maintenance
ICSR International Conference on Software Reuse
ICST International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation
ICWS International Conference on Web Services
ISSRE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering
GPCE International Conference on Generative Programming and Component Engineering
MODEL International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems
MoTiP Workshop on Model-based Testing in Practice
OOPSLA ACM SIGPLAN conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications
PROFES International Conference on Product Focused Software Development and Process Improvement
QoSA International Conference on the Quality of Software Architectures
QSIC International Conference on Quality Software
ROSATEA International Workshop on The Role of Software Architecture in Testing and Analysis
SAC Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
SEAA Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications
SEKE International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering
SPLC Software Product Line Conference
SPLiT Software Product Line Testing Workshop
TAIC PART Testing: Academic and Industrial Conference
TEST International Workshop on Testing Emerging Software Technology
WICSA Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture
WS-Testing International Workshop on Web Services Testing