Introduction to Charts
Qur’an Gateway offers the ability to view a lot of data graphically; charts provide a way to see patterns and trends at a glance and more intuitively. There are three main ways to access Qur’an Gateway’s charting functions.
First, you can use the "Charts" menu, accessible from the menu bar:
This gives you access to 16 different charts, ranging across such features as sura length, formulaic diction, scribal changes and linguistic features.
When you open up any chart, such as the Sura Length by Verses chart (the first chart under the "Sura & Verse Lengths" menu), there are a few things to be aware of:
|1||Chart Customisation Buttons. Many charts offer ways to customise the data they show, simply by clicking on the buttons at the top. In the example chart above, for instance, you can choose how the columns are sorted (by sura number or by length) and whether the chart should show all suras, or just Meccan or Medinan suras. If in doubt, experiment by clicking and watch how the chart changes.|
|2||Chart Display. Most charts in Qur’an Gateway allow you to "drill down" into them, to see more data. Simply click on any column in a chart like this to do so; in the chart above, for example, clicking on a sura’s column will display a chart showing the length of each individual verse in that sura (by words).|
|3||Legend. Many charts in Qur’an Gateway colour their columns differently (for example, this is often done to show Meccan and Medinan suras, as in the example above). Where necessary, Qur’an Gateway will display a legend at the bottom of the chart to clarify the colouring.|
A second way to view charts in Qur’an Gateway is by clicking on the icon that can be seen in many Qur’an Gateway screens. For example, when viewing the Root List, simply click on the icon to show a chart of that Arabic root occurrences across the qur’anic text:
With many chart icons, it is possible to simply point at them and wait for a few seconds, to get a Mini Chart Viewer, like this:
Click the icon (or move your mouse away from the icon) to close the Mini Chart Viewer, or click the icon to "expand" the chart to full size.
Finally, Qur’an Gateway will sometimes offer you a choice of whether to view a piece of data as a table or a chart. For example, if you pull up Q. 2:10 in the verse browser, then click and then choose "Analyse Words in These Verses", Qur’an Gateway will show you a count of all the different Arabic roots in these verses. By default, Qur’an Gateway shows this information as a table, but also offers you the option of viewing the results as a column or pie chart.
If one clicks on "Display the Results as a Pie Chart", for example, the results would look like this:
And by clicking on any "slice" of the pie, you can drill down. (For example, if we clicked on the 'mn slice, Qur’an Gateway would show all six occurrences of the Arabic root 'mn in Q. 2:1-10.