Match List (MATCH)

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Controller > match words in list

 

The point of itů

This function helps you filter your listing. You may choose to relate the entries in a concordance or list of words (wordlist, collocate list, etc.) with a set of specific words which interest you. For example, to mark all those words in your list which are function words, or all those which end in -ing. Those which match are marked with a tilde (~). With the entries marked, you can then choose to delete all the marked entries (or all the unmarked ones), or sort them according to whether they're marked or not.

 

How to do it

With a word-list loaded up using WordList, click in the column whose data you want to match up. This will usually be one showing words, not numbers. Then choose Compute | Matches.

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The main Controller settings dialogue box appears.

 

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Text File or Template

Choose now whether you want to filter by using a text file which contains all the words you're interested in (e.g. a plain text file of function words [not supplied]) or a template filter such as *ing (which checks every entry to see whether it contains a word ending in ing.). If you choose a file, the Controller will then read it and inform you as to how many words there are in it.

 

Action

The current Tool then checks every entry in the selected column in your current list to see whether it matches either the template or one of the words in your plain text file. Those which do match are marked or deleted as appropriate for the Action requested (as in the example below where the match list included IS and THIS).

 

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You can obtain statistics of the matches, using the Summary Statistics menu option.

 

See also: Comparing Word-lists, Comparing Versions, Stop Lists, Lemma Matching