Analysis of an individual text
- Download a text, in plain text format.
- Open the URL https://voyant-tools.org
- Upload the text to the Voyant environment, using the button "Upload”.
- Experiment with the following tools:
- Cirrus / Word cloud
- Change the number of words to be shown using the ‘Terms’ slider
- Click on the "Options” button, in the top-right corner of the window, and remove the stop words. After the label "Stopwords”, select the language of your text.
- Under Terms, you can see the text’s most frequent words.
- If Cirrus and the Trends panels are both visible on your screen, you can firstly click on a specific term in the word cloud. Voyant will then generate a dispersion graph for the term that you have selected.
- You can also type in terms yourself in the text field in the lower left corner of the tool. The graph type can be selected under "Display”.
- Under the options (in the upper right corner of the tool), change the number of document segments.
- How many words does the document contain in total?
- What is the average number of words per sentence?
- What is the type-token ratio? (i.e. the vocabulary density).
- The function of the Bubblelines tool is very similar to that of "Trends”.
- Check the box after "Separate Lines for Terms”
- Change the number of fragments after "Granularity”
- If you type in a search term in the lower left corner of the tool, a keyword-in-context list will be generated.
- Vary the size of the context using the slider next to the label "context”.
- Use this tool to find the most frequent phrases (i.e. sequences of words) in the document. If you type in a term in the text field in the lower left corner, the tool will only show phrases contained this search term.
- You can order the list on frequency (‘Count’) and on length. What is the most frequent phrase consisting of three words?
- Type in a search term to find the most frequent collocates of a certain search term
- Vary the context using the slider that is provided.
- This tools attempts to visualise the geographic locations in your text.
Analysis of a text corpus
- Open Grid Tools > Documents.
- Click on "Modify”
- Use the "Add”button to create a corpus consisting of multiple texts.