Students and professors at Wheaton college worked for over a decade to create Lexos, a free and web-based text analysis tool. Lexos was created so that users could upload text collections from the web and extract patterns from the text in order to gather data and create visualizations. Lexos is a product of Wheaton college’s Lexomics program, which integrates traditional methods of text analysis, such as stylistic analysis, with computation methods of text analysis, such as vocabulary density and clustering analysis, better described as grouping similar texts together. As a result, Lexos has sought to help students and researchers to observe patterns within texts and visualize them for more in-depth analysis.

When opening up Lexos on your web-browser, you will see five different tabs: upload, manage, prepare, visualize, and analyze. Primarily, Lexos works well with small to medium-sized texts in ancient languages that don’t use Latin as their foundation such as Greek. Unique to Lexos that does not apply to other text analysis tools such as Voyant or Orange, is the ability to clean, organize, and finalize all in one interface. Whether it be students or researchers, Lexos provides an easy to navigate and friendly user layout that does not require additional training in order to use the tool. Users have the option to download Lexos locally to work on larger projects, or access through a browser, making it accessible in a few different ways. The newest version (2019) is updated and accessible to those looking for a text analysis tool to use.

Access the tool here:

http://lexos.wheatoncollege.edu/upload

Read more about Lexomics and Lexos here:

https://wheatoncollege.edu/academics/special-projects-initiatives/lexomics/introduction-lexomics/

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