The Statistics Prism
Several statistical filters can display their results as percentages rather than numbers of occurrences; click on the percentage button to make the conversion.
Totals and lengths
These filters will give you the number of paragraphs, sentences, words and characters in your text. They also indicate the average number of sentences per paragraph, words per sentence and characters per word.
These details have been expertly compiled and analyzed to give the average reading time of the entire text. This information can be useful in a number of domains, such as education, advertising and subtitling.
Some professional writers and translators calculate the fees they charge their clients based on the number of data units (characters, words, phrases, etc.) in the texts they produce. The Billing pad is designed to help with this. To rapidly calculate the amount to bill, enter the unit cost, the currency and the textual unit being used for the calculation.
This filter provides information on the number of errors per hundred words and the number of errors per sentence.
A gauge indicates your relative performance on a scale from Novice (rather poor performance) to Druid (excellent performance).
Error types separate language detections and group them into one of the following classes: Spelling, Lexicon, Grammar, Syntax and Punctuation. Errors and alerts are presented in the form of histograms that indicate the number of detections for each class. Click on the name of a class or on the corresponding bar and a new histogram appears below it, providing a finer set of detections. When you do so, the corresponding errors are highlighted in the correction panel and they are the only ones displayed in the list of detections. Using these classes, you could, for example, concentrate on spelling errors, or focus solely on the alerts related to capitalization.
- With each correction made, the histogram bars gradually change from red to green.
Error types from a detection
You can modify the entries displayed in the list of detections directly from a particular error in the text. Select an error in the list of detections, then call up the context menu (right click). The central section of the context menu indicates the category and subcategory of the error. From a capitalization error, for example, you can display a list of all errors in the same subcategory, so that you can verify and correct them all in a single step.
The Languages filter shows the proportions of your text that are in English, French and other languages. Select one of the languages in the left-hand panel to display the corresponding passages in the results.
The Words filter displays all the words of the text, ordered by frequency. A histogram shows the ten most frequent words. A menu allows you to see only the words in a given category, e.g. nouns or adjectives. Select a word in the list or in the histogram and all its occurrences are highlighted in the text and displayed in the right-hand list of detections.
The Etymology filter shows the distribution of words in the text according to their origin. A pie chart with three sections shows the relative proportion of words that derive from the native stock of the English language, were borrowed from other languages, or were created through native word formation. The list of source languages appears at the bottom of the chart, presented in order of frequency, and initially displays the origin of all the words in the text, according to the three sections of the pie chart. When you click on one of the sections of the chart, the list changes to display just the origin of the words corresponding to that source:
- for words derived from the native lexical stock, the list includes those languages from which English inherited words at its birth and which are represented by words in the text;
- for borrowed words, the list includes all foreign languages, ancient and modern, from which English has borrowed over the centuries;
- for derived words, the list includes second-tier languages, i.e. the original languages used to create new English words found in the text, as well as those origins that are not languages as such, like proper names, onomatopoeic forms and interjections.
In all cases, clicking on a particular origin given in the list highlights all words of that origin in the text, e.g. all the words derived from Germanic or Old French.
- For more information on the origin of English words, click on one of the sections of the pie chart, and then on the guides icon to display the relevant article.
The tenses filters show the number and distribution of the verb tenses used in your text. Click on one of the sections of the pie chart to have all occurrences of that verb tense displayed in the correction panel.
These filters show the number and distribution of syntactic categories in your text. Click on one of the sections of the pie chart to have all occurrences of words that belong to that category highlighted in the correction panel. By default, only the major syntactic categories are displayed. To display all categories, click on Other categories…