Analysis Tool For Literary Texts

Feather bookmark in old, yellowing bookThe first problem I wanted to solve was to write a short program that would allow me to perform basic textual analysis of any work of literature.

I wanted to be able to study the richness of different authors’ language by looking at how they used neologisms (their own made up words), pseudo-archaisms, invented their own contractions for authentic speech, or used hyphenated compound words, etc. I also wanted to be able to list all the characters and place names (proper nouns) mentioned in a text.

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The Toolkit

SpannersOK, first things first. What tools will I be using?

After talking to a good friend who is an experienced coder, I decided on the following:


Spyder, running Python 3. It seems to have everything I need, including a good debugger, a variable explorer, hot-linking to function definitions, auto-completion typing, Matplotlib, QT, plus a choice of either a Python and iPython console (each with their different strengths). The bundle I went with is Spyder for WinPython-64bit (WinPython-64bit- The QT will be useful later.

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