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titleAn example of an initial code book for a study into sleeping patterns
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authorE. G. X. Ample
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date2022-01-02
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organizational_modehierarchical
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commentsAs the title indicates, this codebook is an example of an initial codebook. It is therefore unrealistically rudimentary, while still containing all elements. This example accompanies the ROCK Book (https://rockbook.org). To make this codebook applicable to situations where the Reproducible Open Coding Kit (the ROCK) is not used, we refer to the bits of data that are coded as data fragments (even though in the ROCK standard, codes are always applied to utterances).

Note that this initial codebook example is meant as an illustration of the codebook's essential elements and of its structure, but not as an illustration of the content. How codes should be defined and described, how the concepts they capture relate to each other, how comprehensive coding instructions look, and which edge cases and examples are included is heavily dependent on a study's specific context, discipline, as well as relevant theories and researchers' experience and preconceptions. To keep this example brief, only very few codes are included, and in addition, for those few codes, the descriptions, coding instructions, and examples have all been kept very basic and rudimentary, and would not suffice for a real study. In terms of comprehensiveness, therefore, this example should not be viewed as a prototypical initial code book.
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