Online Manual (2)

The Search Forms (2).

2. The Advanced Search Form.

The Basic Search provides a simple search without requiring or allowing the user to specify search options.  The Advanced Search Form allows you to specify a number of search options.  The Advanced Search Form for the HKCSE is shown below:

Enter search word/phrase one    Search word/phrase two 
Search word/phrase three     Span
Calculate t-score (requires span) YES NO

  Sort type
Print Collocates No list   Alphabetic list List by number of instances
Select corpus:      

Specifying Search Functions

Unlike in the Basic Search, both the first two words used in the Advanced Search must be specified. In the Basic Search only one word needs to be specified, the second word being optional. In the Advanced Search both words must be specified. An optional third word can also be specified so that searches may be for two or three words in combination.

All the remaining functions have a default setting, so specifying these is up to the user.

The third word - in the Advanced Search an optional third co-occurring word has been added. For example, have (search word/phrase one), hair cut (search word/phrase two) and her (search word/phrase three).    

Span - this function allows you to limit the search in terms of the distance between the search items.  For example, a search for 'cup' and 'coffee' with a span of 2 means that only instances of the words with up to two intervening words are displayed. 
(e.g. '
I have er one cup of coffee a day').

t-score - a t-score can be used to calculate the significance of the association of two words. A t-score of 2.0 or more indicates a significant association. This function only works for two word searches and a span needs to be specified.

Sort type - the instances can be sorted alphabetically based on the word immediately to the left or the right of the centred word. If you select 'sort position' then the second or third words are sorted based on their position relative to the centred word.

Print collocates - this function prints the right or left collocates of the centred word. You must select the previous function 'Sort type' either to sort right or sort left - this function does not work with 'sort position'.  The collocates can be displayed either alphabetically or in order of the number of instances.




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