Quantitative Content Analysis of Chinese Texts?: A Methodological Note

Research Article


This paper discusses the quantitative measurement of Chinese texts using hand-coded analysis, Yoshikoder and Wordscores. The paper compares the advantages and disadvantages of each method using the example of the 2008 melamine-tainted milk scandal in China. The policy positions estimated by Yoshikoder are not too different from those using hand-coded analysis. Yoshikoder outperforms Wordscores, but with substantial human intervention.


Quantitative Content Analysis Computer-Assisted Content Analysis (CCA) Yoshikoder Wordscores Melamine-Tainted Milk Scandal 

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© Journal of Chinese Political Science/Association of Chinese Political Studies 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Political ScienceAcademia SinicaTaipei CityTaiwan

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