(the author/programmer of Ocean) is bringing back a newly improved form of it (including possibly a Fuzzy "OR") that should be more helpful than Boolean logic. (Fuzzy logic should appear soon after Version 165.) (Click for more tech info.)
What is fuzzy logic?Fuzzy logic is a superset of conventional (Boolean) logic that has been extended to handle the concept of partial truth -- truth values between "completely true" and "completely false".It allows for the handling of unceratinty and vagueness and has been applied to a wide variety of problems. (Incidentally, Ocean
found 6055 instances of Muhammad in 868 documents, 55 instances of Mohammed while searching through the same 868 documents and 15 instances of Mohammad.It is interesting that Ocean
provides 53 more references to Mohammed than does Immerse, but this is because so many more texts are available in Ocean.) When searching, you may wish to avoid using plurals or multiple word combinations in some instances and include them in others.For example, with some engines, a search for "Christian Faith" will return all pages which contain the word "Christian" and all the pages which contain the word "faith" -- not just those for Christian Faith, unless you put it in quotes. (Other search engines do not like quotes.) Using only the word "Christian" will return just the ones related to Christian.
...Chad Jones, the programmer of Ocean, may eventually include a routine that takes care of all this... and maybe he has already at the time of this review. -- Seems to have been corrected in Version 160+. -- Most likely it is not worth your time to do the work manually for every document, though it might make sense for any you use quite frequently.
I simply make a mental note of the book title and page number and type it in at the end of my quote, if it does not appear automatically.] Footnotes: MARS, Immerse and Ocean
all have footnote features.MARS is not too obvious, although if you pass your cursor along the tool bar you will find it. (Look for the AB1 icon.) OR, you can always call up "HELP" to learn more about it.MARS also has a popup window using a "cntrl-F" which is sort of OK, but a little confusing since "cntrl-F" is normally associated with the FIND feature of WINDOWS.It only works when there actually is a footnote on the page you are viewing, so it does nothing when you press it at other times -- a great disappointment if you thought you were going to use the normal FIND feature of Windows (disabled by MARS).
has disabled the Cntrl-F feature presently (we'll have to beg Chad
to put that in.) Immerse has the best footnote features (with great cross referencing), in comparing these three programs.Immerse uses this standard Windows convention (cntrl-F) as an artful and integrated function.You can read more about the Immerse footnote and Ocean
footnote features below. (I have no idea about "Baha'i Library
.") If you are viewing this document in HTML
, just click on these links here if you want to see them now.) The MARS program, with all associated texts (including the most recent releases), requires about 17.5 megabytes on your computer to host it... and a little more than that during the install routine.There may be support and availability issues on this product in the future due to Lee Nelson's recent and untimely death.We will always be grateful for his
pioneering efforts -- efforts that set a new standard in search technology -- a standard which, for years, has been the measure of subsequent efforts by others.
The creator of Ocean
, Chad Jones
, is definitely an "out of the box" thinker.The program is small.You can import any documents as standard text.Its operation is FAST.And now the web support has solved the previous drawback to the program (no texts).It seems that more texts are now available with Ocean
than through any other single source and they are automatically "cleaned" by the progarm to eliminate unwanted characters (such as Carriage Returns and LineFeeds) that interfere with the display of your texts (i.e., lines broken or otherwise wrapped in the wrong places).It also corrects for undetected "end of paragraph" markers.
In addition Chad
has made the works of all the major philosophers available (170 texts).In the database you can now download along with the Ocean
program there are over 600 books, including a general religious library of all faiths (and those Holy Books), along with some Baha'i pilgrim notes.
It is sometimes interesting to have the philosophers with your search of the Baha'i writings.For example, if you did a wide-sweep search on a subject like "death" (for life after death) or "prayer" you would be including those philosophy texts in addition to the Baha'i writings (if you wanted to) which would result in statement by Plato and Socrates, for example.
OR, by contrast, you could also just limit your search to one category, such as only the writings of Baha'u'llah.
has made test versions available so we would not have to wait to get it, and so he
could use us for feedback.Just one word of caution....If you are not very computer literate, I would NOT select to UPDATE every time one becomes available.... (I would wait a couple of days after Ocean
first notifies you that a new version is available.One time we had to manually upload the program again because of a bug Chad
caught about five minutes later.Wasn't bad at all, however.Chad
told us what to do in an email.All we had to do was click on a link and everything happened automatically.) Click here for more contact information and the BETA test program.)
If the older BETA version was fantastic, we can well imagine what the Baha'i community is going to wind up with in the new version!I never met Chad
before discovering this program.Therefore I have no particular interest in promoting Ocean
because it is "his
" creation.Moreover, he
gains no monetary benefit from its promotion.I simply like the program and appreciate his
efforts to make this available to the Baha'i community.In my earlier review I said: "This program is well worth almost any effort you have to go through to get it going for you!"Now it has an automatic download and install process -- with TEXTS!Thank you Chad!I will leave my old "install directions" here at the end, but all you really need to do now is go to the web site and follow the download/ install instructions.There are still some quirks and limitations of the program, so you may want to read this review before using it. (This review can serve as an operation manual for Ocean
, but I am still learning about it myself, as it is evolving everyday.)
Again, here are the Main Features mentioned at the OCEAN web site:
Add your own documents
One of the new versions also lost some functionality -- with respect to the screen, file-managment issues, etc. -- that Chad
became convinced should be put back into the program.But the interim or temporary stage of removing them facilitated a learning and feedback process that resulted in the development of a new level of simplicity (hopefully).So what is happening is a kind of "trial and error" feedback process of interacting with the users as the author creates the program.This is computer programming through consultation with the ultimate beneficiaries, via the Internet.Unprecedented!
A "Report" is simply a list of hit results with one sentence extracted for each item. (A "report" is a quick HTML compilation built by taking the hit sentence of every hit in the list.) Reports can be printed or saved to disk for later viewing.
If you have trouble signing up to the user group and getting the link to download the program you might be able to use the following link: http://bahai-education.org/ocean/data/MinimalSetup.exe However, you should contact Chad
, the author, at his
email address. and let him know you have the program and want to be on his
There are two ways to install the new versions of the program if you already have an older version of Ocean
.One is to update what you have already got.During the initial install routine Ocean
checks to see if you have files in a library -- but only if you tell it where that library is. (In subsequent library updates it will always automatically know where it is.) Then it sends only the ones you do not have, so if you tell Ocean where your old files are it will not download the ones you already have.The other way is to make Ocean
think you are setting it up for the first time.This might be desirable if you have the really old version and you want to keep it around to compare and to continue to use. (If you want to keep your earlier version just tell the OCEAN setup routine different location to set up your files.)I did not want the Ocean
program to know I had a previous version for two reasons: I wanted to see what a new install looked like (how many libraries I might have that it did not have) and I wanted to see how long it would take to install from scratch.On a 56K modem the entire download took one hour.
You may even want to modify those texts that will come with Ocean
when you get it, although Chad
has promised me that he
will run all the original files through a filter first, so they should be OK now. [If you are up to or past version 160 you can skip this paragraph] I find cleaning up text files very necessary quite frequently because the texts often contain a lot of unwanted CRLFs (carriage return / line feeds).You have noticed these type of annoy