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Metamorph

Description: Metamorph is a qualitative text retrieval tool for large quantities of data. It is designed to work with large quantities of unstructured text, which it can quickly scan to find information. It is built on a systematic structure of pattern matching and set logic. Metamorph will scan large quantities of text to find not only a word or name, but a concept, a combination of words, phrases, wildcard strings, quantities, approximations (including typos, transpositions, and misspellings) and variable length patterns. Employs a modifiable 250,000 word thesaurus to identify 'Hits'. The information is presented on screen in its original context with the "Hits" highlighted. Retrieved information can be marked and saved in an appendable file. Data query can be done in natural language format.
Platform(s): PC compatible DOS, 0Win9x, WinNT, and Unix
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Developer: Developed by: Thunderstone Expansion Programs International, 11115 Edgewater Drive Cleveland, OH. 44102, USA. Tel: +1 216-631- 8544; Fax: +1 216-281-0828.
info@thundone.com
Supplier or developer URL: http://www.thunderstone.com/texis/site/pages/Metamorph.html
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Review(s), or article(s): Shapiro, W. L., and Anglin, L. W., 'Metamorph: Computer Support for Qualitative Research', Mid-Western Educational Researcher (1993), 30-34.
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SONAR Professional

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Designed for archiving, researching and annotating large bodies of text, Sonar Professional allows you to search through thousands of documents at extraordinary speeds. Typically 12,500 pages of text can be searched in a second! So even highly complex searches which compare a number of variables can be conducted almost instantly. Sonar Professional boasts all of the high speed searching features of Sonar Image without scanning and optical character recognition. Like Sonar Image, Sonar Professional can process many types of text and word processing files so information already contained in computer files can be easily integrated. Sonar Professional can also search and view the documents scanned with Sonar Image. It's a multi-user product - in a network environment several people can view and search the same or different files. This makes it simple and inexpensive to build a comprehensive and enterprise-wide document retrieval/management system.

Platform(s): PC compatibles with 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP Power Macintosh 9.X, OS X, or later
Price: US $: 795 (volume discounts and site licensing available)
Name and address of supplier: Virginia Systems
5509 West Bay Court
Midlothian, VA 23112-2506 USA
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Telephone: (804) 739-3200
Fax: (804) 739-8376

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sales@virginiasystems.com
support@virginiasystems.com

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Supplier or developer URL: http://www.virginiasystems.com/
Demo available at: http://www.virginiasystems.com/products_d.html
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TAMS

Description: TAMS stands for Text Analysis Markup System. It is a convention for identifying themes in texts (web pages, interviews, field notes). It was designed for use in ethnographic and discourse research.

TAMS Analyzer is a program that works with TAMS to let you assign ethnographic codes to passages of a text just by selecting the relevant text and double clicking the name of the code on a list. It then allows you to extract, analyse, and save coded information. TAMS Analyzer is released under GPL. The Macintosh version of the program also includes full support for transcription (back space, insert time code, jump to time code, etc.) when working with data on sound files.

Platform(s): Mac (inc. OS X) and UNIX
Price: Free
Name and address of supplier: sourceforge.net
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Developer: mweinste@kent.edu
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http://sourceforge.net/
http://tamsys.sourceforge.net/osxtams/

Demo available at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/tamsys
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VARBRUL

Description: VARBRUL is a hyponym for VARBRUL2 (PC and VAX) and GoldVarb (Macintosh and VAX). VARBRUL was designed to facilitate analysis of linguistic variables and social variables. It works best on phonological and morphological variables where there is a clear equivalence of function, but can be used on syntactic variables (e.g. relative pronouns or negatives) where equivalence also obtains. Where variation could be accounted for semantically, pragmatically, or stylistically, it is less useful because there is no exact equivalence. The main purpose of the package is to identify statistical patterns of variation which may be significant, environmentally conditioned, or determined by one of the external variables.
Platform(s): PC compatibles, Macintosh, VAX
Price: Free.
Name and address of supplier: Availability: From the Developers.
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Developer: Developers: The PC/VAX version was developed by Susan Pintzuk, formerly of the University of Pennsylvania, now of New York University; the Macintosh version was developed by David Rand and David Sankoff of the University of Montreal.
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PC Version: http://www.york.ac.uk/depts/lang/webstuff/goldvarb/
MAC Version: http://www.crm.umontreal.ca/~sankoff/GoldVarb_Eng.html

http://www.unh.edu/linguistics/lab/goldvarb.html

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Other information: Manual
Review(s), or article(s): Rand, D. & Sankoff D. (1990) GoldVarb: a variable rule application for Macintosh
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Word Count Not available anymore

Description: Text analysis software designed to generate information about literary transitions, subordination, vague words, and other writing attributes. However, it may be useful for other forms of text analysis. It supports more than 50 analytic functions, customisable word lists, sample analyses, frequency distribution graphs, built-in spreadsheet (import/export with Excel). It comes with vocabulary richness indexes, content and effectiveness scales (many unique to this program), and hundreds of individual items of information including the following: words related to a negative tone; words related to exaggeration and opinionation; and words related to vague and overly tentative writing.
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Wordcruncher V4.5 Not available anymore

Description: An interactive textual analysis program with 2 parts: the WCIndex program for indexing texts, and the WCView program for analysing previously indexed texts. Once indexed, searching is very fast, allowing interactive interrogation of the text. WordCruncher allows three hierarchical levels of coding (e.g. Act/Scene/Line), a system which can be constraining in some applications. At the indexing stage, it is possible to customize the character settings to some degree, for example, using options for Spanish, German, or French, or to create your own.
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ZyINDEX

Description: ZyINDEX is a free-text file-indexing program that makes large amounts of structured and unstructured documents accessible by building an index of content words. ZyINDEX locates documents based on their content with powerful search tools. The search options are almost unlimited, you can search e.g. for words, sentences, text structures, fields, variations and synonyms. You can also combine search terms with Boolean, proximity, date, quorum and numeric operators as well as ZyLAB's fuzzy search technology.
Platform(s): PC compatibles (MS-DOS and Win 3.1)
Price: Price on application
Name and address of supplier: Atlas Office Center
Hoogoorddreef 9
1101 BA Amsterdam
the Netherlands
Supplier Tel/Fax: Phone: +31 20 696 6277
Fax: +31 20 696 5175
Supplier e-mail: info@zylab.nl
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Supplier or developer URL: http://www.zylab.com/
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