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Electronic Texts in the HumanitiesPrinciples and Practice$
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Susan Hockey

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198711940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198711940.001.0001

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Concordance and Text Retrieval Programs

Concordance and Text Retrieval Programs

(p.49) 4 Concordance and Text Retrieval Programs
Electronic Texts in the Humanities

Susan Hockey

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces some basic text-analysis principles. Concordance and text-retrieval programs form the basic tools for most kinds of text analysis. Much early work in literary and linguistic computing was based on these tools. Much text analysis nowadays is based on interactive searching rather than on batch concordances. Interactive retrieval programs are able to provide instant responses to search requests. The tools discussed in this chapter are designed to carry out a detailed analysis of words, phrases, or other components of a text or collection of texts. In contrast with document-retrieval programs, text analysis programs deliver the number of instances of the search word and present the user with information about the occurrences of the word, rather than the texts in which it occurs.

Keywords:   concordance, text retrieval, text analysis, interactive searching, index

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