Enhance Your Research Using Text Network Analysis

Connect Your Notes and Ideas Together

You can use text network analysis to analyze all your different notes and ideas and to make sense of them. Using graph visualization you can identify the main topics inside, see how they are connected, what are the key terms you’re using, and in which context. This provides a very informative bird eye’s view on your thought process.

The next step is to see where you can take this discourse further. There is a very useful feature in InfraNodus showing a question to ask. How does this topic relate to that subject? What would happen if we connect them? Answering to this question can show a possible way to develop the research discourse further, identifying the gaps in the discourse and making it more connected.


Practice:

Take your own notes and visualize them as a graph using InfraNodus tool (or the frame below). Try to identify the main topics, see how they connect, get an overview of your thought process.

As the next step, use the “Question to Ask” feature to identify the structural gap in the discourse and ask a question that would make the discourse more connected and coherent.

What did you find out?

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