Here is my method of generating the character groups.
1. Identify structural relationships to other characters:
2. Based on the basic pronounciation variations identified with the tool hunt down more characters using Google Pinyin:
Enter the Pinyin and work down to the most obstruse characters. Also try variants...
3. Find out about the meaning with the dictionaries of your choice, of course the cool:
4. For the main radical, traditional/simplified variants and the meaning of more obstruse characters you have the indispensable:
5. Important is definately the frequency:
6. Gather everything, e.g. with MS Excel. Build a formula for generating some HTML that puts the data together and adds colors.
The boundaries I use are: Frequency
< 2,000 --> green
< 4,000 --> orange
< 6,000 --> brown
< 10,000 --> blue
>= 10,000 --> red
Here is my formula I am using
Note: N is the column with the frequency data:
IF(N3<2000;"<font color=green>";IF(N3<4000;"<font color=orange>";IF(N3<6000;"<font color=brown>";IF(N3<10000;"<font color=blue>";"<font color=red>")))) &G3 &IF(H3<>"";" ( "&H3&" )";"")&"@Pron: " &J3&"@Main radical: "&K3&"@Frequency: "&N3&"@Meaning: " &L3&IF(M3<>"";"@Examples: "&M3;"")&"@@</font>"
The placeholder for the linebreak here is the @-character which can be automatically replaced later, e.g. in Word with proper CPod-compatible linebreaks.
Note that the HTML is only interpreted correctly after a re-edit of the post.
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