By now everyone knows that WordSeer has many useful functions, most of which have to do with word frequencies and finding words within a corpus. Now that we are able to isolate a single scene within Hamlet, my job has become significantly easier. Not only am I able to Read and Annotate one act, but I can apply it to either the Heat Map or Word Tree visual. Very effective!
In this example I used the word Hamlet and just looked at Act Two specifically. The heat map now shows where Hamlet appears in the entire act (in the first column) and scenes one and two (the second and third column).
This nifty little tool has been quite useful when comparing the scenes within the act. It is interesting to note the number of times Hamletâ€™s name is used within a sceneâ€”especially since his character does not even appear in scene one, but his name does.
Continuing on with the usage of Hamletâ€™s name within Act Two, I decided to take a look at the word treeâ€”which, if you can remember from our Phase One presentation, did not prove to be very useful. Well, it took some time but I can know say I think I may have found a VERY interesting use for it after all. A word tree is automatically generated when a heat map is created and appears below. After typing in Hamlet into the search button and choosing Act Two, I scrolled down and saw this:
Now this may not look like much but let me explain. The word tree takes the word Hamlet and branches off with the most common words that are used before and after. This feature is great for looking at the context for which a word is used and I have found it most useful when using names, for example, Hamlet or Polonius.
Another part of WordSeer I have not written about previously is the collections feature. It is easily used and allows you to save your work in a collection folderâ€”created by youâ€”and keep all of your findings in one place. In terms of Act Two, I have created a folder that I can save all of my search results.
As mentioned in my group members previous blog posts, act two has a main theme of surveillance. When we had our group meeting today, we focused on what each tool could do when given a theme such as surveillance. Using synonyms, we generated a list of words that could be usedâ€”in Shakespeareâ€™s vocabularyâ€”to describe surveillance. Some of these words included: knowledge, know, see, spy, and listen. Using WordSeer, I decided to try searching the word knowledge; my results indicated that the word appeared one time. Somewhat helpful.
Next we tried searching know, instead. Our results all came back differently, depending on the tool used: 14, 35, and 26.
Either way, we are definitely making some progress; whether it is a tool suddenly creating somewhat useful graphics (TAPor), or a return result list of over 1345, at this point in our research any result is a positive one.
(I apologize for the ridiculous amount ofÂ screen shotsÂ in this post.)