ReCal: The Fine Print

As of Tuesday, November 11, 2008, I have begun collecting all data files uploaded through ReCal in order to improve the application. (Prior to today, all data was discarded as soon as ReCal ran its calculations.) By using ReCal you agree to license your data files to me for this purpose and for no other. Since your data files consist entirely of numbers meaningful only to you, it is completely anonymous—this is one of the reasons ReCal does not require text data headers. Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and other providers of online services use your personal data in similar ways—but I don’t sell your files (not that there’s a market for CSV files full of unlabeled numbers anyway). If you have any questions about how I use ReCal user data, please leave them in comments below.


  1. I need to know the calculus that are developed in order to obtain the intercoder reliability since I am writing a paper and need to specify how I obtain this reliability.

  2. Dolores,

    Thank you for your question. The math used in ReCal can be found in my Worked Examples document here.

    This document contains all of the math that is implemented in the program itself. Its underlying code has not yet been released (you’d need to know PHP to understand it anyway), but you can confirm that its output is correct by using these examples to calculate your own reliability coefficients by hand if you wish. If you use this document, please make sure to cite it.

    Please let me know if you have further questions. Best, ~DEEN

    1. ReCal is indeed still active. If you’re having difficulty using it, send me an email letting me know the specific error you’re seeing or what happens when you submit your file.

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