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Quantitative corpus-based analysis of the chiropractic literature - a pilot study.
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PMID:  21403783     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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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.
Authors:
Neil Millar; Brian S Budgell; Alice Kwong
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0008-3194     ISO Abbreviation:  J Can Chiropr Assoc     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-15     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7507184     Medline TA:  J Can Chiropr Assoc     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  56-60     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Lancaster.
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