A stringA string is a series of characters (symbols, letters or numbers) of finite length.
Strings are used to generate a collocation, concordance, co-occurrence, or any other type of textual analysis in which locating a word fragment, word, phrase, sentence and so on is important.
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Return to Glossary. is a series of characters (symbols, letters or numbers) of finite length.
Strings are used to generate a collocationCollocation refers to the occurrence of words adjacently more often than would be expected by chance.
Collocation is the relationship between two words or groups of words that often go together and form a common expression. If the expression is heard often, the words become 'glued' together in our minds. 'Crystal clear', 'middle management' 'nuclear family' and 'cosmetic surgery' are examples of collocated pairs of words. Some words are often found together because they make up a compound noun, for example 'riding boots' or 'motor cyclist'.
Return to Glossary., concordance A concordance is a gathering of passages that "concord" or agree. Usually it is a gathering of passages with a sought for word.
Concordances are a form of reading tool that go back to the Middle Ages. They are typically lists of words with their appearances. A concordance for the bible, for example, would have entries for all the content words of the bible in alphabetical order. Each entry would include information about where the word appears and some context. Searching for words on a computer now typically returns a concordance called a Key Word in Context (KWIC) with the sought word down the center and a few words of context on either side. Google returns a type of concordance when you search for a word with an example of the word in context for each page it recommends.
See the Wikipedia entry on Concordance (Publishing)Return to Glossary., co-occurrence, or any other type of textual analysis in which locating a word fragment, word, phrase, sentence and so on is important.