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More on Vocabulary Statistics

Further to my previous blog entry, I should point out that this type of research is a piece of cake for the main commercial packages that include a morphologically tagged Greek NT, though not all of them are equally flexible or intuitive. More on that when the reviews are ready.

For instance, in Libronix DLS you have to open Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament with Gramcord's morphological database and search for ἀγαπάω (just click the Search button and it will open the Morphological Bible Search dialog). Once you get the 143 occurrences in the Search Results window, click on the Graph Bible Search Results link, under Other Tools, and you'll see the breakdown by book (make sure you choose Number of Hits in Book on the Graph drop-down list. You can also view the Bible references by clicking the Export results to Verse List option (back in the Search Results window). The concordance is automatically built if you have selected the option Hits in Context under Current View.

To get the same results in BibleWorks, you need to choose either BNM (NA27 with Morphology) or GNM (UBS4 with Friberg's Morphology) as your search version and run the search for ἀγαπάω (i.e., enter the word on the Command Line and hit Enter or Return). You'll find the full concordance in the Verse Listbox (if you have chosen the Verse Listbox + Text or Show Entire Verse options) right there on the Command Center. To get the breakdown by book, click on the Display Detailed Statistics button (or the equivalent menu item under Tools) and there you have a plot showing the figures (provided you have the What to plot drop-down list set to Number of hits in the book). If you want to keep the references, right-click on the Verse Listbox and select Open Verse List Manager. From there you'll be able to import the entire verse list.

As for the method I outlined yesterday, David Lang makes a comment suggesting an even easier and more straightforward way of doing things with Accordance. The fact that it can be done in different ways (though not necessarily obtaining the same data, as you can read in my reply here) comes to show that there are different ways (but not always!) to approach and solve a given problem. There may not be a single right answer, and that's when the software should ideally adapt itself to the different needs and tastes of each type of user. The fact is that most top-notch programs have more than one way of performing common everyday tasks. You just have to find which one best suits your own way of doing things.

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