CLASS. Class in WordDiscovery is a division of a dictionary that contains words of similar topic. For example, ‘nouns denoting animals’ is a class and so is ‘nouns of anatomy’. Many Classes are established for nouns and verbs. Classes can be searched by a term in the heading of the Category or by word. A search by word will display all classes the word is in and all other words in that class.
CATEGORY. Categories in WordDiscovery organize words in families/sets to enable Search by Context. For example, adjectives relating to ‘feelings’ are found in several Categories in WordDiscovery. Searching by Category provides adjectives, verbs, and adverbs that enhance or clarify an expression. There are hundreds of Categories and they can be searched by a term in the heading of the Category or by word. A search by word will display all categories the word is in and then all other words in that category.
PARENT. In WordDiscovery, Parent refers to a record which has parts, types, children, or more specific components. For example, ‘vehicle’ is parent to ‘car’ which is parent to ‘engine’. ‘Car’ is a child/type of ‘vehicle, and ‘engine’ is a child/component of ‘car’.
DRILLING. In WordDiscovery, Drilling is exploring words by hierarchy. Drilling mines words using Parent/Child relationships.
COMPLEMENTS. Complements are words that modify, enhance, or activate another word. For example, ‘beautiful’ is a Complement of ‘girl’, so is ‘dances’. Complements are adjectives and verbs that match specific nouns, and adverbs matching adjectives and verbs.
RELATED WORDS. Related words associate with other words in a logical or semantic sense. (For simple synonyms, use the WordDiscovery Graphic relationships.)
GRIDS. Grids are lists of words on a screen like a table. When there are a lot of words in the list, it will have scroll bars and paging.
FORMS. Forms are used to enter information. All searches in WordDiscovery are entered on a form. When the form is completed, it filters the Grid it is associated with.
RECORDS. A record is information about one word, one concept, one person, one place, etc. A birth record, for example, is the information about 1 child.
TABLE. Akin to records, tables are groups of records about the same word or idea. Tables are like folders which contain like records.
DATABASE. A Database is a collection of tables gathered together by logical relationship.
FILTER. Filters extract a portion of words from a table. A form is where you input ‘parameters’ for the filter.
PARAMETERS. Parameters let you specify criteria such as a search term, a value, a length, a language, or other piece of information that will tailor a search to your requirements.
QUALITATIVE PARAMETERS. Qualitative Parameters relate to opinion or characterization. For example, in WordDiscovery you can find words which have Good or Bad implications in common parlance.
DEFINITIVE PARAMETERS. Definitive Parameters are specific dimensions or descriptions. For example, in WordDiscovery you can find words by definition, sound, length, starting and ending characters, etc.
SOUNDEX. Soundex is a 4 character code for the pronunciation of a word. Words can be searched in WordDiscovery by their Soundex value. Copy the Soundex value of a word and then paste all or part of it in the Soundex Search field to find similar sounding words.
METAPHONE. A Metaphone is string of characters representing the pronunciation of a word. Words can be searched in WordDiscovery by their Metaphone value. Copy the Metaphone of a word and then paste all or part of it in the Metaphone Search field to find similar sounding words. Synmetaphone is the term in WordDiscovery that represents the Metaphone of a synonym of a word.
PHONETIC SOUND. Phonetic Sound is another string of characters that represent the pronunciation of a word. Like Soundex and Metaphone, Phonetic Sounds are derived via an algorithm (computer formula) that computes them. Words can be searched in WordDiscovery by their Phonetic Sound value. Copy the Phonetic Sound of a word and then paste all or part of it in the Phonetic Sound Search field to find similar sounding words.