Welcome to the website for Lexicoder - Java-based, multi-platform software for automated content analysis of text. Lexicoder has been developed at the Media Observatory at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada by Lori Young and Stuart Soroka, and programmed by Mark Daku.
The current version of the software (2.0, released September 2011) is available - for academic use only - here. Additions and revisions will also be released here as they become available. In addition, the Lexicoder Sentiment Dictionary, a dictionary designed to capture the sentiment of political texts, is available here formatted for Lexicoder, or WordStat, and also adaptable to other content-analytic software.
In addition to Lexicoder software and dictionaries, this website includes links to research based on data generated in Lexicoder, and links to other resources for automated content analysis.
Funding for the development of Lexicoder was provided by the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, the McGill-Max Bell Foundation, the Donner Canadian Foundation, and the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture.
If you are interested in working with tweets and blogs, you might also look at Lexiarchiver, which goes online in summer 2012. Lexiarchiver is a system for gathering tweets and blogs in real time, downloadable in a tab-delimited format for use in Lexicoder and other content-analytic software.
NOTE THAT A NEW VERSION OF LEXICODER (version 2.0) WAS RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER 2011. USERS OF PREVIOUS VERSIONS WHO HAVE NOT ALREADY RECEIVED AN UPDATE CAN USE THE REQUEST FORM ON THE DOWNLOADS PAGE.