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HermeneuticaComputer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities$
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Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034357

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034357.001.0001

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From the Concordance to Ubiquitous Analytics

From the Concordance to Ubiquitous Analytics

(p.45) 3 From the Concordance to Ubiquitous Analytics

Geoffrey Rockwell

Stéfan Sinclair

The MIT Press

Interactive text analysis panels are showing up on all sorts of web pages. Word clouds, for example, can be easily inserted into blogs. Online newspapers commission more complex interactives so that readers can explore the speeches of politicians. This chapter surveys the history of such supports for interpretation. The chapter goes back to the development of the first concordances in the 13th century and looks at how a concordance is a tool for interpretation that brings together passages with the same word. Computers allowed the generation of concordances to be automated and the chapter surveys important projects starting with Father Busa’s Index Thomisticus project with IBM that started in the late 1940s, to John B. Smith’s interactive ARRAS, right up to web based concording tools like TACT and now Voyant.

Keywords:   Roberto Busa, John B. Smith, History of Concordancing, ARRAS, TACT, TAPoR, HyperPo

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