This section reviews nine quantitative text analysis approaches that have been highly influential in psychology. The approaches were selected to be reasonably representative of the spectrum of existing text analysis strategies. More comprehensive reviews can be found in Popping (2000), Roberts (1997), Smith (1992), and Pennebaker et al. (2003). For each method, the historical and theoretical background is provided along with a description of how text samples are analyzed. Finally, each approach is located within the four-dimensional conceptual framework introduced in the previous section. Table 11.2 provides an overview of the depicted approaches. The approaches are presented roughly in order of historical development.
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