Let’s demonstrate how to use the website interface using this text.
Click “Analyze text” button on the right.
After the text is processed, tables with results will appear under the button. Each row of the table displays a text metric. You can highlight occurrences of most metrics in the text by clicking on the blue underlined links in the tables. You can select several of them at a time and, possibly, find unexpected metric correlations. Clicking on a metric the second time turns off the highlighting. Try it now.
“Synonyms” behave differently from other metrics. When their row has a green circle with a check mark, you can see synonyms by hovering the mouse over many words in the text (such words are highlighted when you click on the link “synonyms” in the results table). Try it. Clicking on the green circle will disable synonym popups and turn the circle red with a diagonal line across it. You can see synonyms again by clicking on the red circle.
All metrics are broken down into two groups: metrics for editing and general metrics. As the names suggest, the first group has useful tools for editing your texts and improving writing style while the second one contains other interesting metrics to explore. You can learn more about most metrics by hovering over their names in the results table, clicking on the blue information circles at the top of each table or going to the “Metrics” section of the website (via the menu at the top of the page).
You can edit text at any time, even while metrics are highlighted. However, once the text is changed, the metrics are not up to date anymore and you need to run “Analyze text” again to work with them. (The text in this tutorial is not editable, but texts on the main page are.)
Once you are done editing your text, click on the button “Clean text formatting” on the right. It will turn off all metric highlighting and synonyms. Now you can copy your text and, when pasted elsewhere, it will be cleanly formatted.
Play around with the website: explore various online articles and news stories from different mass media, see what the metrics of your favorite writers are, and, of course, play with your own pieces of writing.
|synonyms||hover mouse over words in text to see synonyms|
|negations per sentence|
|long noun phrases|
|passive voice per sentence|
|extra long sentences|
|extra short sentences|
|clauses per sentence|
|predicate depth per sentence|
|words per sentence|
|syllables per word|
|characters per word|
|other parts of speech|