Battig: Battig - Montague Categorized Word Norms

Description Usage Format Details Source References Examples

Description

This dataset comprises a ranked list of 5231 words listed in 56 taxonomic categories by people who were asked to list as many exemplars of a given category ("a precious stone", "a unit of time", "a fruit", "a color", etc.). Participants had 30s to generate as many responses to each category as possible, after which time the next category name was presented.

Included in this dataset are all words from the Battig and Montague (1969) norms listed with freq > 1.

Usage

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Format

A data frame with 5231 observations on the following 9 variables.

word

a character vector

catnum

category number, a factor

catname

category name, a factor

syl

number of syllables

letters

number of letters

freq

Frequency of response

frequency

Kucera-Francis word frequency

rank

rank of freq within the category

rfreq

rated frequency

Details

In our original dataset, words were truncated at 18 characters, so some are incomplete.

Source

W.F Battig & W.E Montague (1968). Category norms for verbal items in 56 categories: A replication and extension of the Connecticut norms using University of Maryland and Illinois students (Tech. Rep.) University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (1968)

W.F Battig & W.E Montague (1969). Category norms for verbal items in 56 categories: A replication and extension of the Connecticut norms. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 80 (1969), pp. 1-46

References

Joelson, J. M. & Hermann, D. J., Properties of categories in semantic | memory, Amer Journal of Psychology, 1978, 91, 101-114.

Examples

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data(Battig)
## maybe str(Battig) ; plot(Battig) ...

# select items from several categories
cats <- c("fish", "bird", "flower", "tree")
for (c in cats) {
	cat("\nCategory:", c, "\n")	
	print(pickList(subset(Battig, catname==c), nitems=5))
}

# or, using sapply():
sapply(cats, function(c) pickList(subset(Battig, catname==c), nitems=5), simplify=FALSE)

Example output

Category: fish 
     list     word catnum catname syl letters freq frequency rank rfreq
4641    1    angel     52    fish   2       5   20        15   34  4.36
4624    1     pike     52    fish   1       4   58        41   17  4.64
4646    1 blowfish     52    fish   2       8   17         1   39  4.88
4639    1   muskie     52    fish   2       6   22         0   32  3.00
4636    1     spot     52    fish   1       4   25        57   29  5.04

Category: bird 
     list        word catnum catname syl letters freq frequency rank rfreq
2999    1         jay     37    bird   1       3   24        15   29  4.00
2996    1    sea gull     37    bird   2       7   32         1   26  4.85
3002    1 mockingbird     37    bird   3      11   19         0   32  4.75
2995    1     redbird     37    bird   2       7   36         3   25  3.54
2974    1    blue jay     37    bird   2       7  180         0    4  4.09

Category: flower 
     list          word catnum catname syl letters freq frequency rank rfreq
4260    1 morning glory     48  flower   4      12   14         0   30  3.89
4259    1     sweet pea     48  flower   2       8   15         0   29  5.10
4241    1      gardenia     48  flower   3       8   89         1   11  3.75
4233    1     carnation     48  flower   3       9  183         0    3  4.04
4252    1    snapdragon     48  flower   3      10   26         1   22  5.19

Category: tree 
     list           word catnum catname syl letters freq frequency rank rfreq
4415    1 weeping willow     50    tree   4      13   67         0   12  4.79
4420    1       sycamore     50    tree   3       8   46         0   17  4.39
4423    1         willow     50    tree   2       6   41         9   20  4.67
4434    1     cottonwood     50    tree   3      10   14         0   31  3.50
4432    1         locust     50    tree   2       6   17         6   29  4.33
$fish
     list        word catnum catname syl letters freq frequency rank rfreq
4616    1    goldfish     52    fish   2       8  127         1    9  3.77
4618    1     sunfish     52    fish   2       7   80         0   11  3.66
4651    1 red snapper     52    fish   3      10   15         0   44  4.80
4614    1      salmon     52    fish   2       6  142         3    7  3.93
4645    1     sardine     52    fish   2       7   18         2   38  4.85

$bird
     list          word catnum catname syl letters freq frequency rank rfreq
2993    1          duck     37    bird   1       4   36         9   23  5.53
3001    1         finch     37    bird   1       5   20         0   31  5.10
3008    1        turkey     37    bird   2       6   15         9   38  6.18
2985    1        pigeon     37    bird   2       6   56         3   15  4.83
3010    1 purple martin     37    bird   4      12   14         0   40  6.00

$flower
     list          word catnum catname syl letters freq frequency rank rfreq
4261    1      magnolia     48  flower   4       8   13         1   31  7.00
4236    1        orchid     48  flower   2       6  135         3    6  4.28
4250    1      gladiola     48  flower   4       8   32         0   20  5.00
4248    1     sunflower     48  flower   3       9   36         0   18  2.91
4260    1 morning glory     48  flower   4      12   14         0   30  3.89

$tree
     list     word catnum catname syl letters freq frequency rank rfreq
4410    1   cherry     50    tree   2       6  119         6    7  5.44
4438    1    holly     50    tree   2       5   11         0   35  4.36
4435    1    gingo     50    tree   2       5   13         0   32  3.00
4424    1 chestnut     50    tree   2       8   38         5   21  4.64
4442    1 mulberry     50    tree   3       8   10         0   39  3.60

WordPools documentation built on May 29, 2017, 9:58 p.m.