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3.6.2 Word Frequencies
126.96.36.199 Word Frequency Counts
Using NVivo, three separate word frequency queries were run: Academic Definition
word frequencies, Legal Definition word frequencies, and Combined Definition word
frequencies. In each case, the match finding was set to include stemmed word, where
words with the same stem were counted as the same word. This was especially helpful for
words such as bully, bullying and bullied. Additionally, all letters (i.e. ii, ix, etc.) serving as a
part of a Roman numeral or alphabetical list were eliminated as were the identifiers of the
legislation found within the legal definitions. Also, the legal definitions were modified to
start the sentence with the definition, eliminating the "cyberbullying is defined as" in an
effort to make the other words more significant in the frequency counts. Results are
presented in Chapter 4 while a complete list is provided in Appendices C, D, and E.
188.8.131.52 Word Frequency Comparison
After the word frequencies are acquired, the goal was to compare them to see if the
words contained in the legal definition are significantly different than the words contained
in the academic definition. To accomplish, the data was prepared by entering both the
academic and legal definition word count frequencies into a table. The data was then sorted
alphabetically. The tables were aligned in such a way that words that were found in both
data sets were put on the same row to be able to compare their weighted percentage of
both the academic and legal definitions respectively. Where there was no corresponding
word in one or the other data sets, a weighted percentage of 0.00 was given to indicate that
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