Importing data into AntConc
OverviewTeaching: 10 min
Exercises: 0 minQuestions
How do I get data into AntConc?Objectives
Successfully import data into AntConc
What kinds of data files can I import?
AntConc works only with plain text files, such as those with the file extension .txt. Other types of plain text file (e.g. .csv, .tsv, .xml,.html) can be imported into AntConc, though - depending on your use case - doing so may not enable you to use the dataset as intended. AntConc will not read common formats like .doc, .xls, or .pdf. You will need to convert these into .txt files to use AntConc. A common approach to catalogue data is to process it so that particular fields can be analysed in AntConc. Brief documentation on how we processed IAMS_Photographs_1850-1950_selection3.txt is available as a readme file.
Create your first AntConc project (using provided data)
To import the data for the exercise below, follow the instructions in Setup to download the data and run AntConc.
- Once AntConc is launched, click
Filefrom the navbar and select
- Navigate to where you downloaded IAMS_Photographs_1850-1950_selection3.txt and select it.
Open. The names of the file will now appear in the left-hand
- Note that although this module asks you to upload a single file, for large corpora it is recommended that you split your corpus into multiple files. Our alternative episodes (starting with BM-MDG.zip: Word lists) use a dataset of twelve .txt files, a single corpus of around 1.2 million words seperated into parts containing roughly 100,000 words each. AntConc peforms better with many smaller files than it does with one large file, so if you expect to be working with a large corpus, or notice AntConc running slowly (or even crashing!), consider dividing up your corpus to achieve performance benefits.
- As the alternative epsiodes from BM-MDG.zip: Word lists show you can upload mutiple files to AntConc to analyse simultaneously. To do this hold
cmdfor Mac) and click on each of the files (note: holding
shiftand hitting the
down arrowalso works here). Alternatively, the
Open Diroption in the
Filedropdown can be used to open a whole directory.
- Files can be added to the AntConc ‘corpus’ at any time during analysis, just note that your results will change depending on the files listed under
- If at any time you want to remove a file from AntConc, highlight it in the
Corpus Filespane, go to the navbar, click
Close Selected File(s).
Openoption to import data
You can import individual files or a folder
AntConc works only with plain text files, for example those with the file extension .txt
AntConc will not read common formats like .doc, .xls, or .pdf. You will need to convert these into .txt files to use AntConc.