S3Analyzer FAQS


Q: What is the sentence analysis tool?

A: This program, called S3Analyzer (Simple Step-by-step Sentence Analyzer) is meant to simplify some of the mundane tasks when analyzing sentences. It allows selecting and adding words by mouse clicking. It also generates HTML files conforming to a format required in this course.


Q: Does it do the analysis automatically for me?

A: No. You have to decide how to break up a sentence into clauses, add words, and type in Chinese translations.


Q: How do I download and install S3Analyzer?

A: Simply download these three files (program, DLL1, DLL2) to a directory. Double click the program to run it. When the program starts, it prompts for a text file containing sentences to be analyzed. Here is a sample file that you can download and practice on.


Q: How do I use the tool?

A: The GUI should be fairly straightforward. But just in case you can’t survive without a manual, here it is:

1.     If you want to analyze sentences from a large section of text in sequential order, you should put them in a plain text file (.txt) and enter the filename in the FileOpen dialog box when the program first starts. There should be no line break in a sentence, so making each sentence a separate line should always work. In any case, if S3Analyzer fails to recognize a sentence, you may have to enter it manually.
If you don’t have such a text file, cancel the FileOpen dialog box and provide your sentences individually.

2.     Click the “next sentence” button to read in the next sentence from the file. The next sentence will appear in the textbox at the top of the window. Alternatively, type or copy/paste your sentence into the textbox.

3.     Click the “load sentence” button to load this sentence into the blank region below the textbox. The sentence will actually appear TWICE. All words in the upper half are initially gray to indicate that no word has been added so far. Those in the lower half, on the other hand, are initially black. Your task is to select words from the lower half and move them up using the “add words” button. Clicking a word will select the word (and turn it red as a visual indication). Clicking a word while holding the Shift key will select the longest consecutive string of black words up to this word. As you go along, words added in earlier steps appear in black and newly added words appear in red.

4.     For a simple sentence, proceed to add words as describe in the class notes. Remember, you should always add subject and verb first.

5.     For a compound, complex, or compound-complex sentence, you may want to first break it up into clauses. Select a clause and click the “add clause” button; this will create a new tab in the top textbox to hold this clause. Once all clauses are identified, you can proceed to analyze clauses. Select a clause tab, click the “load sentence” button to load the clause, and add words as in Step 4. Do this for each clause in the sentence.

6.     If you make a mistake in the process, a click of the “reload sentence” button will give you a fresh start.

7.     When the entire sentence is done, click the “output HTML” button. This will generate in C:\ a web page with a filename that consists of the date, time, and the first few characters of the sentence.

8.     Remember, this program is not an automatic analyzer; you still need to fill in a question and a Chinese translation at each step as describe in the class notes. You can either edit the html file directly with a text editor, or use a word processor, which may prove more efficient as you can set colors much easier. A good choice is the Open Office Suite. You can download the latest version of the program from their official site.


Please also bear in mind that this is only a prototype. If you have any problem with the program, let me know.


My goal is to eventually have a nice tool that helps me to create something like this without a lot of hassle.