Editors’ Choice: Text Analysis of Digitized “Lienü zhuan” with Voyant Tools

Voyant Tools is a popular website that offers a series of text analysis tools for examining word frequencies, patterns, and trends of a document. Although Voyant Tools supports analyzed documents in multiple languages, current tutorials and articles mainly focus on the application of Voyant Tools to English (Rockwell and Sinclair 2017). In this project, I will be testing the application of Voyant Tools to Chinese language sources by analyzing Lienü zhuan 列女傳 (Biographies of Exemplary Women), a section that features in many Chinese official histories to document women’s words and deeds.

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