Meanings and Searches

So, I thought that I would be brilliant with this blog post and try to do something cool like look up the meaning of the word voyeur on the Oxford English Dictionary website.  In hindsight, it really wasn’t that smart, apparently voyeur doesn’t have a very flattering definition.

I knew about the existence of this less than flattering definition of voyeur before, but I really hoped that there would be a definition that was related more to viewing and less to sexual tendencies.  Seeing as there really isn’t one though, perhaps that is why the makers changed the name to Voyant, which when looked up on the Oxford English Dictionary website you get the following.

This is a name for this program that actually could have meaning, rather than making the user feel like a Peeping Tom.

Using the Voyeur/Voyant program, I have found that you really can see a lot of things about a piece of written material when utilising it, however, I find that the voyeur program is more capable of taking a qualitative analysis of a text and making it quantitative than it is capable of developing new ideas about the text.  Take for example the idea that love and madness could be related, that is a qualitative analysis of Act Two and actually one of the themes to that particular act of Hamlet.  Punching the words, Love and Mad into the word frequency tool on Voyeur, a researcher would see something like the picture below.

However, I have also discovered throughout Phase II that all of these programs do not work nearly as well on their own as they do in the company of others, particularly the WordHoard Program.  I can find out who says what, where they say it, what they say around it, and when they say it; but I cannot find out how much they say, for that I need to rely on a program like WordHoard and my counterpart in the Act Two group, Jennifer, to tell me things such as, if Polonius talks more about madness to Ophelia, the King, or Hamlet.

4 thoughts on “Meanings and Searches

  1. Kassidy,

    I just posted about this on Katy’s most recent blog. I too have found out amazing new things about other programs, mostly Tapor and WordHoard. While spending a little time messing around with other programs, I have to admit that, the love I once had for our Voyeur no longer exists.

    Ps. If you care, check out my last blog. I submitted a full Shakespeare play (Othello) into Voyeur, and the entire layout and use of Voyeur changes (It adds some new information — not all that useful, but certainty interesting).

  2. Bahahahaha! This is great! I can’t believe you actually took a screen shot of the “less than flattering” definition of Voyeur…nice touch!
    On a different note, I like the last visual you provided in your post. I have something similar in my presentation and find it very useful!


  3. Hahaha! Wow, very nice. I too, am in shock of your revealing screenshot.
    Have you tried out Mandala? I’ve yet to have Word Trends bend to my will – my computer absolutely refuses to let me customize the terms.
    I’ve also found that each of the tools ‘get by with a little help from it’s friends’ however, I have been enjoying setting my tool beside broader tools like MONK, but each have guided me to a different path of ponderings.:) I hope you’ve been enjoying phase II!

  4. After reading your post, I actually went online and tried to find the definition of WordHoard; sadly I didn’t get any cool results just because the name itself is so self explanatory. I really enjoyed seeing your results of when you entered love and mad together; its amazing how the amount of times they are used are usually parallel to each other except in some situations. I believe the visuals in Voyeur truly come handy when you want to see a pattern. Great post!


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