CATMA queries are normally started from within the Analyze module. For example, this is how you would run a query for all occurrences of the word Snoopy in a document or corpus: just type in
Now click on “Execute Query” – done. CATMA immediately displays all occurrences of “Snoopy”; unfortunately, in this case it’s only one … But you will obviously want to ask more complicated questions – that’s why you annotated your text!
CATMA’s main analytical tool is a powerful query language that allows you to search and count occurrences of text and annotations. CATMA offers you two options to formulate analytical queries that go far beyond Wordlists:
- The CATMA Query Builder is a widget that makes it very easy to formulate queries of low to medium level of complexity. This is the option for beginners.
- Once you have learned the syntax of the query language, you can also input any query directly into a query box. This is the option for advanced users – it saves you time and allows you to formulate highly complex queries that are nested, recursive, etc.
CATMA’s query language also allows you to use simple wildcards as well as full-blown regular expressions with look-around. It offers union, exclusion and collocation operators. Moreover, the query language is not limited to text occurrences – you can also use it to find all occurrences of a specific Tag.
For an in-depth decsription of how the query language works, please follow this link.