Once you open an existing collection of texts or load your own texts you will be presented with a simplified version of the default skin (the default configuration of tools). In particular, this includes three primary tools:
- Cirrus: a word cloud that displays the highest frequency terms – the larger the term, the more frequent it is (you can hover over words to see their frequency and click on them to see additional information).
- Summary: this provides some basic information about the text(s) in the collection, including the number of words, the length of documents, vocabulary density, and distinctive words for each document.
- Corpus Reader: this allows you to read the text(s) in the collection – more text will appear as you scroll. You can hover over words to view their frequency and click on terms to see more information.
Also Read : Voyant Guide: Creating a Corpus
Clicking on terms in the environment will open up additional tools. For instance, if you click on a word in Cirrus, you’ll see the “Word Trends” tool appear and clicking on one of the dots in “Word Trends” will cause the “Keyword in Context” tool to open. The flow of information from one tool to another is a key aspect of Voyant Tools.
The skin has additional tools that don’t appear by default – they can be accessed by click on the header or on the arrows.
The additional tools are as follows:
- Words in the Entire Corpus: this shows an ordered list of terms in all documents, including a micro-graph (sparkline) showing distribution across the corpus (when your corpus includes multiple documents).
- Corpus: a grid that shows available metadata for documents in the collection.
- Words in Documents: this shows frequency information for terms in each document.
Exporting Data and Tools
One of the most interesting features of Voyant Tools is the ability to bookmark and share URLs that refer to your collection of texts. Among other advantages, this allows you to work with the same texts during different sessions, without having to reload all the documents each time. You can export a link for the entire skin by clicking on the “Export” (diskette) icon in the blue bar at the top, or export a link for an individual tool by clicking on the “Export” icon in one of the tool panes.