TITLE

Quantitative corpus-based analysis of the chiropractic literature--a pilot study

AUTHOR(S)
Millar, Neil; Budgell, Brian S.; Kwong, Alice
PUB. DATE
March 2011
SOURCE
Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;Mar2011, Vol. 55 Issue 1, p56
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this pilot study, a collection of peer-reviewed articles from the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association was analyzed by computer to identify the more commonly occurring words and phrases. The results were compared to a reference collection of general English in order to identify the vocabulary which is distinctive of chiropractic. From texts with a combined word count in excess of 280,000, it was possible to identify almost 2,500 words which were over-represented in the chiropractic literature and therefore likely to hold special importance within this domain. Additionally, readability statistics were calculated and suggest that the peer-reviewed chiropractic literature is approximately as challenging to read as that of nursing, public health and midwifery. Certain words widely considered to be of importance to the profession, for example "subluxation and adjustment," were not particularly prevalent in the literature surveyed.
ACCESSION #
60343717

 

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