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  1. Assigning values to specific categories of information. There are distinct usages of this meaning of coding in survey analysis:
    • Analyzing text data, such as open-ended responses to questions in a questionnaire, transcripts from qualitative research, and other forms of text data such as twitter. In this context, 'coding' refers to a process whereby researchers transform the text data into quantitative data.
    • Assigning values to specific categories in a questionnaire (e.g., 1 for Male and 2 for Female).
    • Transforming categorical variables (e.g., 'dummy coding' and 'effects coding').
  2. Writing a computer code.

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