Lexos is a web-based tool designed for transforming, analyzing, and visualizing texts. Lexos is designed for use primarily with small to medium-sized text collections, and especially for use with ancient languages and languages that do not employ the Latin alphabet. Lexos was created as an entry-level platform for Humanities scholars and students new to computational techniques while providing tools and techniques sophisticated enough for advanced research.
Lexos runs through your web browser and currently, Lexos supports Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox; other browsers may not function properly.
There are two modes of running Lexos:
- Recommended. Use our public server hosted by the Lexomics project at http://lexos.wheatoncollege.edu/. This is your best first step. The limitations of the public server are (at least) two-fold: (i) if you are leading a classroom of 10+ users, your response times may be slow, and (ii) uploading many and/or large text files may result in slow response times. Note: The public server has a single file size limit set at 250 MB (as of August 2018, v3.2.0). For comparison sake, the novel War and Peace is 3.2M, El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha is 2.1M, and Moby Dick is 1.2MB; 250MB is the size of nine Webster's Unabridged Dictionaries.
- Power Users. Download and Install Lexos. This method requires you to install the Python programming language on your computer and the open-source software for Lexos on github. Once installed, you can run Lexos locally using your browser.
Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. If you are a beginner, we suggest that you get to know Lexos using the online version. Later, you can download Lexos and run it locally for greater speed.
Using Local Mode
config.cfg in a text editor. Change
LOCAL_MODE = False to
LOCAL_MODE = True (be careful, it is case sensitive); then save the file. You can ignore the other settings. If you are already running Lexos, quit form it by typing
Control+C on the command line and then restart it by typing
python run.py. (See the Manual Installation instructions on the Lexomics website if you need help with this.) You will now be running in local mode.