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How to do it

1.Choose one or more texts or a folder. You can type in a complete filename (including drive and folder), and can use wildcards such as *.txt, or you can browse to find your text or folder.

2.If you want to study one text only, just choose one text, but you may choose a whole folderful or more by using the "sub-folders too" option.

3.Press Analyse.

 

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The display shows details of your selected text, and if you click the Source Text tab you can see the original text. (If you have analysed a whole set of text files the Source Text tab will show only that last one.)

 

Legend

code                the Unicode code of

character        the character

type                distinguishing punctuation, digits, letters

%                percentage of the total number of characters in the text(s)

freq.                number of occurrences of that character

<Tab> etc.        control characters indicated in red.

1st Position        number of each letter-character occurring in word-initial position

2nd                number found in second position in any word

etc.

Note that 8th will only be able to count letter frequencies for words at least 8 letters long, while 1st or 2nd will handle nearly all words.

 

Sort

Click the header to sort the data:

 

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The letter E (upper and lower case merged) here represents nearly ten percent of all letters, closely followed by T. If sorted by 1st position in the word, however,

 

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the letter E comes after T,A,I,S,O,W,C,B,P,H,M and F in frequency. Presumably the ranking of T reflects the frequency in English of the and A of a.

 

Copy

Copies the data to the clipboard, ready to be pasted for example into Excel.

 

See also: settings