Queries help you to explore your data and investigate hunches as you progress through your project. You can:

  • Find and analyze the words or phrases in your files and nodes.
  • Ask questions and find patterns based on your coding and check for coding consistency among team members.

Create quick and simple queries to get a sense of what is happening in the data, or build detailed queries for a more focused perspective. Move forward with queries visualizations

What are the different queries?

Query Description Examples

Text Search

Find all occurrences of a word, phrase, or concept.

  • Find the words policy or legislation and code them at the new node government.

Word Frequency

Find the most frequently occurring words or concepts.

  • Look for the most frequently occurring words in a set of interviews.


Find all content coded at selected nodes, a combination of nodes, or a combination of nodes and attributes.

  • What do property developers say about rising sea levels?—run a query to gather content that has been coded at rising sea levels and at cases with the attribute property developer.
  • Show me where content coded at coral bleaching is near content coded at rising sea temperatures.

Matrix Coding

Find the coding intersections or co-occurrence of themes in your project and display this in a matrix.

  • Compare the positive and negative attitudes of interview participants to a range of local council services.
  • Explore how tourism is related to a range of themes including water quality, real estate development and environmental change.


Check how coding is distributed across the cases, or different types of cases in your project.

  • Check how often interview respondents refer to a particular topic or issue.
  • Check how many interview respondents (with particular attributes) refer to a topic or theme.

Coding comparison

Compare coding done by two users or two groups of users.

This query measures the 'inter-rater reliability' or the degree of agreement for coding done by selected users.

Compare coding between users in different locations or from different disciplines who are coding the same data in order to check the consistency of their coding.

Create a query

On the Query tab, in the Create group, click the icon for the query you want to create.

Options on the Query ribbon.

For detailed information on creating different types of queries, refer to the following pages:

Query results are discarded when you close your project. You can add the query to your project to run again, and you can save the results of some queries. Manage query results