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Two other important features in VantagePoint are the Thesaurus, and the ability to run scripts. These features are discussed further below.
VantagePoint includes several pre-made thesaurus entries on their website. An example of thesaurus usage in VantagePoint would be the ability to convert British English words into American English before running an analysis on common NLP phrases in the records. The Thesaurus window is shown below and works by choosing a field to clean and then selecting the thesaurus file to use to run the cleaning. The results will be output to a new field.
For users who want more control over the Thesaurus, the Thesaurus Editor, shown below, lets users modify existing files or create their own. Users can specify exactly how terms will match up.
Scripts are macros that perform a set of tasks automatically. For example, VantagePoint includes several macros (a list can be found here) that will export data from a matrix, import it into Excel, and then create a graph of the data. Essentially users are automating repetitive tasks in order to save time. The figure below shows the available commands and some common scripts.
The command Scripts --> Run Scripts lets users run a script or modify an existing script. Advanced users can find more information on the code used to modify or create new scripts in the VantagePoint help manual, located in the program.
Finally users can select the scripts to be displayed in the main menu as well as assign keyboard shortcuts to run those scripts. This window is accessed from Scripts --> Modify Script Menu, and is shown below.
Finally, to manage multiple scripts, users can select the scripts to be displayed in the main menu, and/or assign keyboard shortcuts to run those scripts. This window is accessed from Scripts --> Modify Script Menu, and is shown below.