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Integrated data management and analysis for the field linguist

Tip

An important—but neglected—principle of data management is to stay caught up.

Enter the data you collect daily and analyze it frequently, to ensure that accuracy continues to improve. This is especially important in the first months of research, because the daily feedback can help you realize the need for changes to the database structure before too much data has been entered. You can also use the insights gained through the frequent updating of an analysis to direct the emphasis of future data collection. More understanding of a language and culture is gained this way than by undirected collection of unrelated data items. For example, lexicography that is based on analysis of natural texts and exploration of sets of related words is more precise than that done using other methods.

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