User Instructions

Below is a brief overview of Automated Integrative Complexity.

Documents or Paragraphs?
There are two principle ways to run material through AutoIC:

  1. By Document
  2. By Paragraph

AutoIC for Documents

  • AutoIC for documents takes a complete user provided document and codes the entire thing. It does this by breaking the document into optimal 75-word chunks of text. If you have multiple documents, or large pieces of text, you should use the Document version.  Please note that the system, because of its multi-pass process, will slow down tremendously with large zipped batches.  A .5MB zipped document will take a couple of hours to process.  We recommend zipping larger projects into batches of about this size.

AutoIC for Paragraphs

  • AutoIC for Paragraphs scores whole paragraphs without breaking them up. The primary purpose we had in mind for the Paragraph version was an easy way to score participant responses in laboratory settings. You should only use the paragraph format for relatively short segments. This system is designed to score things in a paragraph-by-paragraph format.  Please note:  The file will stop coding when it reaches the first blank field in Column 4.

Why Documents or Paragraphs?
If you have a document that is, say, 2000 words long, and you use the Paragraph analysis, it will likely assign it a very high score; the Paragraph version was designed for shorter, paragraph-length responses. There is a well know ‘length effect’ when coding Integrative Complexity. Using the Document version of the system avoids this problem. Of course, you are free to use either as long as you meet the terms of use. The only thing that is different is the unit of scoring – that is, how it decides which words to score. See the Automated Integrative Complexity Manual for for more details.

Why a ‘new’ web-based version of AutoIC?
This web based version of Automated Integrative Complexity (AutoIC) functions in a manner identical to the original Excel macro based version. However, the web based version has several advantages:

  • It is significantly faster than the original version
  • It avoids operating system incompatibilities
  • Elimination of time-out issues and other problems
  • Allows us streamlined fixing of problems; better ability to make system enhancements

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