Word counting algorithms in Wordbee
Here is an example of a word count analysis in a standard project:
In Wordbee you can choose between two types of counting algorithms:
A default counting algorithm that counts the source words similarly to other translation tools.
A counting algorithm compatible with Microsoft Word. The MS word counts are generally smaller.
Even when performing a word count with the same file and translation memory attached, the word counting algorithms and TM match values may differ from tool to tool. There is no standard way of defining what a “word” is. For example, the date in Wordbee can be counted as one word, whereas in other tools it can be counted as three words. Furthermore, the TM match values are influenced by several factors, such as the project and file filter settings, segmentation rules and the TM fuzzy matching technology. This has implications for the financial calculations as well. If the project manager and the supplier use different translation tools, the price calculations will be slightly different.
What is a “word”?
A word is generally defined as a unit of language, consisting of one of more spoken sounds or their written representation. Words are composed of one or more morphemes, usually separated by spaces or punctuation characters in writing. In computer-aided translation, punctuation characters, tags, symbols, numbers may be counted as words as well. Check the Advanced count options in Word Count Settings to see what elements in Wordbee can be counted as a “word”.
What is a “segment”?
A segment in computer-assisted translation is considered a source-text sentence or sentence-like unit (e.g. headings, titles or elements in a list). Each tool has segmentation rules that define the boundaries of a segment. For example, a segment could end with a punctuation mark, line breaks or tags. In Wordbee you can configure the segmentation rules in Settings > Translation Settings > Segmentation rules.
How to access the Word Counting configuration
Go to Settings.
Search for Word Counting.
Click on Configure to access the word count settings.
Check the articles in this section to learn how to view, edit and configure the word count profiles in Standard and Codyt projects.