The Holy Name University Research Center conducted the SPSS Text Analysis for Surveys Training last February 22, 2010 at the College of Computer Science Laboratory Room. The whole day affair was attended by the college faculty researchers and researcher trainees. HNU President and Research Director, Fr. Francisco T. Estepa and some SVD priests were also present.
The training was intended to enhance the research capabilities of the school's faculty researchers and to develop research skills for potential researchers through the use of computer software. Participants were introduced to the basic use of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) Text Analysis for Surveys. The software is an alternative to the difficult and costly procedure of reading and coding text data manually.
SPSS Text Analysis for Surveys uses advanced linguistic theory and technologies based on natural language processing that extract and classify key concepts from open-ended responses. These technologies analyze text as a set of phrases and sentences whose grammatical structure provides context for the meaning of a response. The software can create categories automatically, or you can use manual techniques to provide finer control of the results. It can accomplish coding of open-ended responses in a fraction of the time required to do the job manually.
Participants to the training received certificates of participation awarded by the Research Center and personally given by the HNU President himself.