It is intended that permanent Equivalence editing be done with the
whole group's needs in mind, rather than to please just one individual
user. Vocabulary additions, specialized nomenclature, slang and
acronyms that would be common to a particular group, subgroup, purpose
or project, would be entered and saved in a User Equivalence File, as
named with the corresponding APICP flag
ueqprefix, and pointed
to in the managing program; e.g., a Vortex script.
While it is possible to create several User Equivalence Files for different groups with differing acronyms and vocabulary, this is not always necessary. More often than not there is only one User Equivalence File per system, and multiples are created only to resolve conflicts in terminology.
Running with See References on produces anywhere from 75 to 200 equivalences associated with a particular word; more than 256 words are truncated. This is usually much more than is prudent, so it is intended that with See References on, you would edit such a list down to correspond more closely to what you really had in mind for the search question at hand.
To check existing equivalence set for a word, use the BACKREF program, where the syntax is:
backref -e input_file output_file
input_file is your ASCII equiv source filename, and
output_file is the backreferenced and indexed binary file which
the Metamorph engine will use. The default User Equiv source file is
eqvsusr.lst and its binary counterpart is
When you enter a query like "
power struggle" in a query input
box, where concept search has been enabled, your search already knows
57 equivalences for
power, and 23 equivalences for
struggle. Using the above command for BACKREF, you can see
what those sets are composed of, and you can edit them. When asked to
enter a root term, enter
power, and the list below would be
power;n 57 equivalences ability;n intensity;n primacy;n might;u acquistion;n jurisdiction;n regency;n reign;u ascendency;n justice;n restraint;n rule;u authority;n kingship;n scepter;n sovereignty;u carte blanche;n leadership;n skill;n sway;u clutches;n majesty;n strength;n electrify;v command;n mastership;n suction;n control;n mastery;n superiority;n domination;n militarism;n supremacy;n dominion;n monarchy;n vigor;n efficiency;n nuclear fission;n weight;n electricity;n omnipotence;n ability;u energy;n persuasiveness;n capability;u force;n potency;n control;u hegemony;n predominance;n energy;u imperialism;n preponderance;n faculty;u influence;n pressure;n function;u
struggle;n 23 equivalences battle;n agonize;v combat;n compete;v competition;n contest;v conflict;n fight;v effort;n flounder;v exertion;n strive;v experience;n fight;n scuffle;n strife;n attempt;u clash;u conflict;u endeavor;u fight;u flight;u oppose;u
The root entry appears at the top, with its equivalences (each with an
assigned class, or part of speech) listed underneath. The `
following (or preceding) "
power" stands for "
and is the class to which "
power" has been assigned.
v' means "
Once editing a root word's set of equivalences, you'll have these choices, offered below:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx = Saves all changes made to list to User Equivalence File.
Delete > Deletes equivalence (named by number).
Add > Opens word entry line below list to add new equivalence.
Zap > Deletes entire equivalence list.
Change-class > Prompts on line below for new word class assignment.
By-class-delete > Deletes all words in the entered class.
Save Changes > Saves all changes made to list to User Equiv File.
Undo Changes > Restores previous root word entry screen.
Redisplay > Refreshes the list with any changes made (or as it was).
If you choose "
Save Changes", any changes made to the
list will be saved to the named User Equivalence File when you
quit the program with
When a new word is added, you are prompted to enter its class. When the new word is added to the list, it will be sorted in alphabetically at its appropriate place in the list, under the class to which it belongs. Existing thesaurus entries have been classed according to the standard parts of speech as described below. However, you may create and assign any class you like.
In the example above under "
struggle", you might want to
delete-by-class all those entries listed as verbs. Doing so would
eliminate with one keystroke all equivalences classed as `
flounder", and "
classes in use are as follows:
Pxxx = Pronoun
P > Pronoun
c > conjunction
i > interjection
m > modifier
n > noun
p > preposition
u > unclassed
v > verb
Undo Changes anytime while editing, to escape from the
action you are in. This restores the entry screen, which lets you
choose another root word to edit, add to, or delete. When you are
finished editing a word, either