In the seminar on the Homer Multitext project that wraps up today at the Center for Hellenic Studies, five teams editing Iliad 10 in the Venetus A manuscript have been working with an experimental automated validation system. Teams are verifying that their editions of texts and related records about manuscripts and images pass a variety of consistency tests. One important implication of this work is that we can now build new versions of the Homer Muiltitext Project's online services automatically from material passing a defined suite of tests.
An immediate, practical consequence is that we can completely reinstall the project's online services in 5-10 minutes, a significant improvement over the earlier, more tedious process. As an example of how easily this allows us to survey information across the HMT project, here are a few numbers about the current state of the project's editions of Iliad 1-7 in the Venetus A manuscript.
|Tokens (“words”) indexed to occurrence in a specific passage||> 100,000|
|Distinct forms of indexed tokens||> 25,000|
|Lexical entities (“dictionary entries”) represented by the 25,000 distinct forms||> 8,000|
Those numbers will change, not only as we add new material, but as we now begin to review our earlier work and assess our editions of Iliad 1-7 against the same tests being used in our current work on Iliad 8-10.