Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Simple Stylometry Analyzer

Okay, so for my first Tool Tuesday, I'm going to lay this down;

A Simple Stylometry Analyzer

 Stylometry is basically applying statistics that have been gleaned from studying successful books to your work.

The SSA above allows you to cut and paste your piece, or parts of your pieces into a text box and then analyzes them, comparing your work with the statistical goal.

It looks for things like the percentage of "glue words" and weak language, like "was," "had," or "seems."  It finds other things too.  It's a great tool to identify lots of little technical style errors.

It was created by R Magnusholm, a fellow writer, and is free to use.

What I liked the most:

  • It's free!
  • It processes large portions of text really quickly - The site recommends up to 10,000 words a go, but you can put in more if you want.
  • It does not send your work to a server - This means a couple of things, mainly that your piece remains private and anonymous, and the analyzer can work offline.

What I liked least:

  • It's not completely comprehensive - It's a great tool, but it doesn't cover as wide a range of errors as some other tools can.
Overall, I really like this tool, but I recommend it in conjunction with another tool, ProWritingAid.  ProWritingAid is similar, and offers more areas of comparison, but is not perfect.  SSA will find some things and be more accurate in some areas than PWA.  That's why I like to use both and compare the results before making editing decisions.

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