Exclude Utterances Containing a Symbol

Leonid Spektor spektor at andrew.cmu.edu
Thu Mar 28 14:09:01 UTC 2013


Jacob,

	I want to first fully understand your situation. Is "action" actually coded with space character between "&=" symbols and the "action" code itself as you described in your email or is it coded without a space character as in "&=action"? The reason I am asking is because currently both FREQ and MLU exclude anything that starts with "&" symbol, but CLAN stops at a space character. If you have a space character between "&=" and "action" as in "&= action", then I am afraid there nothing can be done except changing your data files to remove that space character. Fortunately that change can be made easily and automatically with some text editors like BBEdit or even with the following CHSTRING command in CLAN:

chstring +s"&= " "&=" -w t.cha


If there is no space character between the "&=" and the "action" code as in "&=action, then please email to me a sample data file and CLAN command line that will show the problem you are having.


Leonid.



On Mar 28, 2013, at 09:24 , Jacob Feldman wrote:

> Hello All,
> 
> I am trying to run FREQ on some old data, but all the utterances which contained an action were coded as "&= action" so they are not automatically excluded from the FREQ (or MLU) computations.  Is there any way to exclude any utterance from analysis that contains the & symbol?  Or is there another to exclude these utterances?  I'm open to anything that doesn't involve recoding years of data.
> 
> Thank you,
> Jacob Feldman
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