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#1 joelmadasu

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 08:07 PM

Is there a way to find out how many words are in a book in OT through Accordance? For instance, I want to find out the percentage of a word that appeared in the book of Genesis. How can I do that?


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#2 Daniel Semler

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 09:45 PM

Hi Joel,

 

  Entering this search should do it : * <AND> [RANGE Gen]

  I got 38262 hits in the KJV.

 

  Bear in mind this is actual words not distinct words so God accounts for 230 of those.

 

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 02:12 AM

The Table feature in Analytics also give you word counts for books and chapter, but there it does include punctuation so it won't be as accurate.


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:50 AM

Thank you both for your help! :) So that search method "* <AND> [RANGE Gen]" should work with Hebrew Text as well, correct?

 

Also can someone please let me know what does it mean by "Total Hits" and "Total Words" in the "Table Bar Chart"?

 

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Edited by joelm, 29 July 2013 - 12:09 PM.

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#5 Daniel Semler

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 02:06 PM

Yep.

 

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 04:47 PM

I have need to know specific word counts for my dissertation (so it needs to be accurate!). Could you direct me how I can get data on the following?

 

Words in Matthew:

Words in Mark:

Unique words in Matthew (Size of Matthew’s vocabulary):

Unique words in Mark:



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 05:21 PM

Hi Jared,

choose your text. (I am using GNT-T)

 

* <AND> [RANGE Mat] (gives 18363 hits)

 

* <AND> [RANGE Mar] (gives 11312 hits)

these are word numbers not including punctuation

 

to get the vocab size you can just do an analysis (word count) from the little graph icon

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This analysis will show you that there are 1334 lexemes that Matthew uses, i.e. his vocab size.

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If you were looking for how many different inflected forms were used, then with the analysis tab active (clicked in) press CMD-T and this sheet will drop down

drag INFLECT into the first column and delete LEX (just click LEX and press the delete key)

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then when you press OK you will see that you have 3035 different inflected words in Matthew.

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Does that make sense to you?

 

You can also fairly easily find vocab that Matthew uses that Mark doesn't, or vv. hence unique in that way.


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 05:26 PM

Wonderfully thorough answer, thank you Ken!



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 05:43 PM

Now the question is: can you do it for yourself on other pericopes!  :D


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 05:54 PM

Re Joel's question. I am not sure. There are a few confusing issues here.

 

However, one issue I do see is that your range is incorrect. When searching a Hebrew Bible, if you want the whole OT Gen-Mal won't give it all to you as Mal is the last of the Prophets, and there are still the writings to go. In the HMT-W4 the final book is Nehemiah in the BHS-T the final book is 2Chronicles. (Best to double check that in the menu DISPLAY => LIST ALL BOOK NAMES)

 

One confusion comes in the difference between a word count and a hits count. As Helen mentions above, a hit is a word (or in Hebrew a lexical prefix or suffix) whereas a word count in this analysis includes punctuation (I don't know why that is the case, but there must be a good reason there somewhere).

 

That means that the counts per 1000 words look strange. For example, I selected every word in Mark, and then did an table graph analysis and it told me that there were 829 words per 1000 words. That isn't quite the natural way you would think that this should be reported, but when you realise it includes the punctuation then at least you can see why it is reporting it as such.

 

I know I haven't helped a great deal, but it may spark some further discussion.

 

Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you Joel.


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 06:34 PM

No problem, Thanks for your help, Ken!


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