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This function does exactly the same thing as simple consistency, but provides much more detail.


The point of it…

The idea is to help stylistic comparisons. Suppose you're studying several versions of a story, or different translations of it. This function enables you to see all the words which are used in the word lists which you have called up.




The Total column shows how many instances of each word occurred overall, Texts shows how many word list files it came in. Then there are two columns (No. of Lemmas, and Set which behaves as in a word-list) and then a column for each text. In this case, the word after occurred in all 37 texts, it occurred 393 times in all, and it was most frequent in all's well that ends well at 18 occurrences. Statistics and filenames can be seen for the set of 37 Shakespeare plays used here by clicking on the tabs at the bottom. Notes can be edited and saved along with the detailed consistency list.


There is no limit except the limit of available memory as to how many text files you can process in this procedure. You can set a minimum number of texts and a minimum overall frequency in the WordList settings in the Controller.


How to do it…

In the window you see when you press New...(WSImage_324_GetStarted_24) you will be offered a tab showing detailed consistency.



detailed_consistency_choosing (a)

To choose more than 1, use Control or Shift as you click. Below I have chosen five out of 6 available. (These are versions of Red Riding Hood.)


detailed_consistency_choosing (b)

Initially they may come in the wrong order:


detailed_consistency_choosing (c)

so adjust with the two buttons at the right.


detailed_consistency_choosing (d)

and now press compute Detailed Consistency now.




You can require a minimum number of word lists and minimum frequency in the main Controller if you click this.



Each column can be sorted by clicking on its header column (Word, Freq. etc.). When working on Shakespeare plays, to get the words which occurred in all 37 to the top, I clicked Texts.


tog_plus        Row percentages



tog_plus        Normalised counts




See also: Detailed Consistency Relations, Consistency Analysis (range), Comparison Display, Comparing Word-lists, Match List, Column Totals


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