Questions for Team TAPoR

Today (Monday, March 12th) Team TAPoR presented on their Phase 1 results. Questions from their colleagues are in the comments below.

9 thoughts on “Questions for Team TAPoR

  1. Stephanie said that TAPoR can be picky about which tools you use with which text; but I think the Rockwell video said something about a way you could work around these restrictions.

    • It’s not so much the text itself as it is the format of the text. All the tools have about 4 variations that can be used with several file formats (like XML, Plan-text, ect). Sometimes it is difficult to match the right tool with the right text format, mainly because you have to remember what format your file is in.

  2. DId it feel like this tool would have been better used on a longer text than 3.4? Evidently you were still able to find all sorts of good results on this narrow scope.

    • Actually I feel like specific is better for TAPoR than a longer text. The data is then more easily manageable.

    • I feel that certain tools like the find co-occurance, and find collocates would have been more useful with a longer text. Within 3.4 using them didn’t really add to much insight into any themes/questions I had about the word I was searching.

  3. Does the CAP tool assist in tying together the play/scene? Did you find that the specific allusions to gods/goddesses etc. spoke about what virtues the character’s lacked (Jove = Zeus, god of hospitality,) or represented (Jove=king)? This tool seems the most interesting to me from TAPor as it differed the most from the tools available in its sequential program (Voyant).

    • Sorry for the untimely response, other classes really caught up with me last week! I agree that the CAP tool is one of the more interesting ones simply because of how unique it seems to be. Its a great simple tool if you just quickly want to find allusions. The allusions it picked up specifically in 3.4 were definitely used by Hamlet to try and insult Gertrude by pointing out what Claudius lacks. Using the tool to analyze act 2, I found the mention to Pyrrhus and the Trojan horse really tied in with the attempts characters engage in to spy and sneak around each other.

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