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A paper presented at ESSA 2013 as part of the "Using qualitative data to inform behavioural rules" track there (http://cfpm.org/qual2rule).
Abstract: A structure for analysing narrative data is suggested, one that distinguishes three parts: context, scope and narrative elements. This structure is first motivated and then illustrated with some simple examples taken from Sukaina Bhawani’s thesis. It is hypothesised that such a structure might be helpful in preserving more of the natural meaning of such data, as well as being a good match to a context-dependent computational architecture. This structure could clearly be combined and improved by other methods, such as Grounded Theory. Finally some criteria for judging any such method are suggested.