[sword-devel] phrasal concordance

Troy A. Griffitts scribe at crosswire.org
Fri Jun 23 15:06:10 MST 2006

	It would be interested to write a text analysis program that followed 
some algol like:

search("in the"), results?  store write an entry: ["in the" : result 
verses] and add a word
search("in the beginning")....

if no results, drop one word at the front, search ("the beginning") and 
continue adding words and writing entries until no results.

Not sure if this would be the best way to produce such research, but it 
would be neat to see such.  Maybe a first pass which scores every word 
by the total number of times used.  Then you could score phrases higher 
by number of words and words less frequent.

It sounds like it might produce interesting research data.


Jeremy Bickel wrote:
> Hello all.  I really hope this is the right place for this.  If not, 
> please forgive me. :-D
> What about a hard coded (smallish, if possible) concordance of every 
> sized phrase in any book (Genesis, Ruth, Josephus, etc.), from 1 to x 
> words (where 1 word phrases would be a traditional concordance)?  Then 
> this could be used, for instance, to quickly identify similarities of 
> text.  A 20 word long phrase in a single book (that's doesn't go between 
> books), found in multiple places, perhaps in multiple books, might shed 
> light on significant phrases, which light might be otherwise obscure.
> On a first look, this might not seem important, because a search is 
> already incorporated into Sword.  But in thinking about this a while, I 
> can see very good possibility with it.
> Thanks.
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