The Online versions and this download facility have been developed especially to provide access to the program for those having difficulty with getting access to the University of Leeds version or who have computers that don't allow the use of the Java programming language.
The full LFM2021.jar program is available to students at the University of Leeds from their Minerva pages, where you will also find onstructions on downloading Java if you need it in the Powerpoint included in that zip file.
The online versions are fully operational but still under enhancement, so more functions may appear if the development goes well.
The Online LFM uses either plain text files, preferably in UTF-8 format, or DOCX files, but you have to Copy and Paste from PDF files to a plain text version.
This version has some sample files built-in for you to select from the drop down menu headed Demonstration Files. Otherwise it works identically to the full Online version below, which allows you to upload your own files. It is very similar to the full version and the PDF or the PowerPoint from the full download will take you through the various options.
The two Town Hall files and the Inaugural speeches are not featured in the Introduction, so you can explore them to see if and how they differ from the two debates.
This can be any text or docx file you want to examine. You can only upload one file at a time, as it is designed to explore individual files in depth.This version has its own PowerPoint introduction, which you can dowload by clicking here
The Transcript function is built into the Java version of the program, but is provided separately here because it is at a lower stage of development in its online version.
In Transcript Online you can only load one file at a time.
It takes a debate or court case and shows you the vocabulary used by each of the participants.
You can use multiple transcripts in one file. Each transcript needs the word TRANSCRIPT entered as a separate line in your file at the start of each record of an event, (e.g. each debate or court case or day in a court case).
If you have downloaded the files the presidential debates are named TrumpBiden1.txt, TrumpBiden1.txt and TrumpBiden1+2.txt.
Then the Names section on the screen needs to have the last names of the the participants entered on a separate line. Like this (for TrumpBiden1):-
Then you click Process. You will then get a count of all the words used just by one or other participant, those used by two of them and those used by all three.
To use other files you need to look at how the participants are identified. In court proceedings the participants are often capitalised and come at the start of each turn, so you enter the names in the form that the computer can recognise.