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CHAPTER 1 - Text Analysis (part VII)

Bundles and Episodes graphs

The Bundles graph is displayed when viewing an Episode and using a distribution graph (see Graph properties below). Each Bundle is displayed in the form of a horizontal dotted line indicating its extent (length) and its place in relation to the beginning of the text. As with the distribution graph, the chronological order is represented on the horizontal axis, from the beginning (on the left) to the end (on the right) of the text:

Text Analysis graphs

The Bundles are displayed from the top downwards and from left to right, according to their occurrence order in the text. Once at the bottom of the screen, the software makes a zigzag scan, in order to display as much information as possible:

Text Analysis graphs

The Episodes appear on the same graph. They are displayed from left to right, in chronological order, and in the form of large dotted frames:

Text Analysis graphs

Only the Bundles contained in the selected Episode (shown by a hatched frame) are displayed in color.

When clicking on a Bundle, the corresponding propositions are displayed at the top of the screen, and the Episode it belongs to is automatically selected. Should other Bundles of the same kind have been detected, they will be highlighted.

Below, we can see that the text (example on [Universal declaration of human rights.txt]) begins with Bundles about “Human rights”, “member”, “state”, etc. and that it ends with Bundles about “Somebody”, “protection”, “celebrity”, “education”, etc.

Text Analysis graphs

If there is not enough room on the screen to display all of the Bundles, Tropes will try to exclude the less significant ones (those containing fewer words). You can avoid the congestion of this graph by building it from a Scenario (see Construction base for the Relations in the Analysis options), or by choosing a high Class detection threshold (see Analysis options, Thresholds), and/or by deleting the display of the Word categories (see Graph properties).

General operation of graphs

To disable the graph display, use the [Hide] command of the menu that appears when clicking on the graph with the right button of the mouse. To display the graph again, click on a graph type button on the toolbar.

To print a graph, display it, then use the [File][Print] command and check the [Graph] option.

To modify the size of the window allotted to the graphs (or that of the text), use the mouse to move the horizontal split bar at the center of the main window.

Copying the graph

When a graph is displayed, you can use the [Edit][Copy][Graph] command to transfer the graph to the Windows clipboard. To retrieve this graph and include it in a report (for example), use the [Edit][Paste] command of your word processor.

Graph properties

Use the [Edit][Graph] command of the main menu, or the [Properties] command of the menu that appears when clicking on an object of the graph with the right button of the mouse.

This dialog enables you to define the parameters of the graphs. You can:

- change the [Type] of graph to be displayed: [Star],[Area],[Distribution],[Episodes];

- modify the [Maximum number of objects in the Area graph];

- show the [Bundles on all word categories] (including Connectors, Modalities, etc.), or if unchecked, on Equivalent classes only, which makes it easier to read when studying a very long text.

All modifications become immediately effective. If you wish to store them permanently, click on [OK]; otherwise, click on [Cancel].


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