Developing and Assessing Intercoder Reliability in Studies of Group Interaction

Dlane Compton, Tony P. Love, Jane Sell

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Although group interaction is a rich source of data, it offers many challenges for analysis. We discuss how pretesting can solve many coding and reliability issues before the actual data collection and analysis. We also consider how coding schemes can be developed, how coders can be trained, and how coder reliability can be ascertained. We examine the properties of different estimates of intercoder reliability and detail how these relate to decisions about the data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-364
Number of pages17
JournalSociological Methodology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by National Science Foundation Grant 0961940. The authors are listed in alphabetical order; authorship is equal. We presented an earlier version of this paper at the Annual Group Process meetings in San Francisco in 2009. We thank all participants for their comments.


  • Reliability
  • group interaction studies
  • intercoder reliability
  • interrater reliability
  • pretest
  • research design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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