Spring software update for Quirkos

Even in Edinburgh it’s finally beginning to get warmer, and we are planning the first update for Quirkos. This will be a minor release, but will add several features that users have been requesting. The first of these is a batch import facility, you will be able to import a whole folder of text files, or just multiple files at once. This will be very useful for bringing in all your transcripts in one go, or for importing data from

How to organise notes and memos in Quirkos

  Many people have asked how they can integrate notes or memos into their project in Quirkos. At the moment, there isn’t a dedicated memo feature in the current version of Quirkos (v1.0), but this is planned for a free upgrade later in the year. However, there are actually two ways in which users can integrate notes and memos into their project already using methods that give a great deal of flexibility. The first, and most

The dangers of data mining for text

There is an interesting new article out, which looks at some of the commonly used algorithms in data mining, and finds that they are generally not very accurate, or even reproducible.   Specifically, the study by Lancichinetti et al. (2015) looks at automated topic classification using the commonly used latent Dirichlet allocation algorithm (LDA), a machine learning process which uses a probabilistic approach to categorise and filter large

Help us welcome Kristin to Quirkos!

So far, Quirkos users have mostly been based in the academic and university based research areas: perhaps not surprising considering where the project grew from. However, from very early on we got a lot of positive feedback from market research companies working with qualitative and text based data, who had many of the same frustrations and issues with qualitative research software that we had in the academic sphere. Indeed, some of the early

New Leith offices for Quirkos

Just in time for the new year, Quirkos is growing!   We now need a bigger office to accomodate new hires, so we've moved to the 'Shore' at Leith, the seafront of Edinburgh. We've now got space to grow further, and to entertain visitors, all within walking distance of the sea and a short trip from the centre of Edinburgh. There are many exciting companies around us, and we are happy to be in such a nice part of town, with a different place