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Multiple analyses. You probably won't be doing just one analysis. You may need to try out two or more ways of looking at the same data in the collection.

Or you may be given an existing collection by a colleague or a professor. If the analytical part isn't completely worked out, your part may be to complete it and defend what you did. Or you may start an analysis of your own from scratch. Same data.

Multiple views. The Wordcorr way of doing this gives you all the freedom you need. You define as many views of the collection as you need, one for each line of thought you are pursuing. Different views can even be logically at loggerheads with each other.

Original view. Every collection comes with one view called the "Original" view. You can't delete it, but you don't have to do anything with it.1

Here is the Views panel, squeezed and trimmed to fit the Web page. You can see where to click on the left for the Original view, which in this case contains data but no annotations. The data came from two published sources, one of which contained reconstructions by the author. I had typed the variety information and the IPA transcription of the data into the Original view.

Derived views. From the Original view I clicked the Copy button. It asked me if I wanted the copy to transfer the annotations from Original -- since there were none, I asked for a copy without annotations.

I selected a threshold of 30% of the varieties, which with five varieties picks up correspondence sets with data from any two or more. I filled in other optional metadata.

For analysis I chose to leave out the first author's reconstructions in order to try out my own. So, using the arrow buttons in the lower part of the picture, I transferred the five contemporary speech varieties out of the left column where Copy left them. Then I arranged them in the order they appeared in the original sources. That is how they appear in Data, Annotate, and Tabulate. It is also the order in which segments appear in every correspondence set in Refine. The author's reconstructions don't show in this view because I didn't want them to. They're still in the computer, and I can go to another view to look at them.

At that point I was ready to start annotating.

1 Collections imported from WordSurv typically come in already annotated. Wordcorr puts those annotations into the Original view. If you think they're well done, you might want to copy the Original view with annotations to a new working view, so as to keep the changes that you might make separate from the original annotations.

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