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Researchers analyzing qualitative data, such as interviews or written statements, often apply codes to these texts as a way to label and organize concepts and themes found in the data. These codes become the basis of analysis and the way in which researchers both understand and explain what is occurring in the data. Determining how important a particular code is compared to the others and how the codes relate to one another is typically limited to tallying the number of times a code occurs (frequency counts) or instances when codes overlap with one another (code co-occurrence). Presenting and communicating findings from the research is therefore also limited to reporting these same measures, along with providing excerpts from the data that correspond to the codes of interest. Visual representations are rare due to the verbal nature of the data. In this article, we create networks using the chronological location of the codes as they were applied to the text, resulting in a visualization that illustrates the interrelations of the codes in the data. By applying methods from network analysis, additional measures reflecting the relative importance of the codes to one another can be extracted from the networks and illustrated visually in the network graphs. Using this method of analysis can help researchers better understand the relationship of all codes applied to a data set, and offers an additional way to communicate one’s analyses and findings in the form of a network visualization.

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in which, for no good reason, i make my .vimrc file into a markdown-based blogpost that vim reads upon startup.


I like learning. It’s one of the reasons I stayed in tertiary education; I’m essentially a professional learner. One of my great joys of the last few years has been learning programming. But after being so busy with teaching since July 2016, I feel like it’s time to spend some time deliberately practicing and learning programming again. There is something deeply satisfying about solving a problem or completing a task programatically.


When I started running, the idea of doing so every day seemed… mad… dangerous. Now I can see its virtues, one of which is fitness (but I think fun is pretty important, too). Since late-November I have been running every day (as of 18/02/18 I’ve run for 82 consecutive days). My last post was an intro and half-way(ish) update on my N=1 experiment on the effect of running every day for a month upon my ‘relative running economy’.


My last post was inspired by my desire to pick up my running game, which had waned this year thanks largely to a heavy work schedule. Looking at my relative economy inspired me to do a little experiment. In the recreational running world, running every day is known as a ‘streak’. The online magazine, Runner’s World has a yearly Thanksgiving-to-New-Year’s-Day streak, and there are regularly stories published about runners going on decades-long streaks, and the r/running subreddit often has tales of people on multi-year streaks.


Lots of people record their movement when they go out for run/walk/swim/cycle, and subsequently upload those data to sites like Strava or Endomondo. While such sites often provide useful and interesting assessments of one’s records and ‘fitness’, there is usually little possibility for besopke analyses. By using APIs and R, it is possible to examine one’s data and do some cool analyses and visualisations. I’ve been running on and off for about 3 years now.


Research Projects

Contemplative Retreats in Sydney

This exploratory project aims to identify and develop an understanding of the use of retreats by members of Sydney-based community groups which include contemplative practices as a core feature of their identity.

HDR Numeracy Diagnostic Test

This project aims to understand how Higher Degree Research students (graduate students) view their numeracy skills in relation to their thesis project, and what role a diagnostic test can play in as an early indicator of areas for improvement.

Sauna Motivations in Sydney

Sauna is a form of thermic bathing that is practiced both for its cultural status and its reputed health benefits. This project aims to document the motivations of sauna-goers in Sydney so as to begin to understand the roles sauna plays in urban Australian society.


The Master of Research programme at Western Sydney University

I am the Director of the Academic Programme for the Master of Research degree at Western Sydney University. In that capacity I am responsible for coordinating and teaching into the following three units that run every semester: