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Generating concgrams with WSConcGram

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To start, as usual, choose File | New.

 

In the Getting Started window, first choose an existing Index, as here where an index based on the works of Dickens has been selected.

 

concgram_dickens_wizard

To generate the concgrams, the program will then need to build some further files based on the existing index files:

 

concgram_dickens_building

There are two steps simply because there's a lot of work if the original index is large. You can stop after the first stage and resume the next day if you wish. With a modern PC and a source text corpus of only two or three million words, though, it should be possible to generate the files in a matter of a few minutes. A 30 million word corpus with generous settings will take quite a lot longer.  

As you see above, 3 large additional files have been generated at the end of the two Build steps marked on the buttons in the top window.

 

Taking too long?

There is a stop button (panic) in the status bar at the bottom of your screen.

concgram_stop_buttonPress it to get a chance to quit a lengthy process.

 

What you get

All items which are found together at least as often as set in the settings (here 5 times) will be saved as potential members of each concgram.

 

Now, choose Show to view the results. (Or, as usual, right-click the main WSConcgram window and choose last file).