The basic options are sufficient for most uses. However, more parameters can be set via advanced options (3).
The complete set of advanced options looks like this:
Word sketch advanced settings
(1) type a lemma or a phrase (multi-word expression)
(2) select a part of speech
all generates a word sketches for all parts of speech and displays them together on one screen
auto automatically generates a word sketch for the most frequent part of speech with options to switch to the other parts of speech
(3) expands the advanced settings below
(4) lets the user select a subcorpus, (5) displays details about the subcorpus, (6) gives the user the option to create a new subcorpus, (7) links to this user guide
(8) sets how frequent the lemma has to be in the corpus to be included in the word sketch, leave to auto to have Sketch Engine decide on the best value
(9) normally this setting does not have to be altered, it is defined as logDice, see Statistics used in Sketch Engine for detailed explanation
(10) maximum number of collocates listed in one column
(11) the collocates can be sorted according to frequency (Raw frequency) or according to the of collocation strength (Score)
(12) displays a percentage indicating what proportion of the occurrences of the node appeared in a collocation, the rest were examples of the node in non-collocational environment, for example in a one-word sentence consisting of the node only.
(13) will show the longest as well as the most frequent phrase containing the node and the collocate as an example of the collocation
(14) will cluster (=group) collocates similar in meaning
(15) if the cluster collocations option is selected, this setting controls how similar in meaning the collocates must be to include them into the same group, a larger number will group collocates closer in meaning, smaller number will group even less related collocates
(16) when unchecked, collocates will be placed in one long column rather than grouped by grammatical relation
(17) some word sketches may include statistics not related to word combinations but to word forms, e.g. statistics of nominal cases or statistics of verbs used in passive or as reflexive verbs, these are called unary relations, this setting limits which relations should be included
(18) sets how many times a collocation has to appear in the corpus to display the plus (+) sign to access its multi-word sketch, higher number will produce fewer pluses
(19) adjusts how many columns should appear next to each other on the result screen
(20) sets which grammatical relations will be displayed, to display all relations, leave all ticked or all unticked
(21) switches between all ticked and all unticked
(22) used for generating bilingual word sketch
(23) generates the word sketch
(24) saves these settings as default settings for each subsequent word sketch generated from this corpus, this is a per-corpus setting, different settings can be saved for each corpus
The description of the grammatical relation may not always be self-explanatory and at the same time, it is not easy to provide a full glossary of the relations because they can differ from one language to another. It is strongly recommended that the user clicks the frequency count on the result screen to display the actual example from which the relations can be easily inferred.
(new in version 2.54–2.89)
There is a possibility to see the word sketch for multiword expressions. It is done by filtering word sketch according to particular collocates – e.g. you can show the word sketch for “water” filtered by the occurrences with “hot” as a modifier. If you make a regular word sketch and tick Show links to multiword sketches in the advanced options, you will see little arrows next to each collocation that will lead you to the corresponding filtered word sketch / multiword sketch.
If you enter multiple lemmas into the lemma field, SketchEngine will automatically try to guess the headword and show the filtered word sketch for the headword. Note that not always the automatic choice is optimal – in case you do not see what you wanted or you get a message saying there are no results, it may be worth to try to start from the headword and look up the particular collocates