I am a translator by night and would like to analyze the texts that I've previously written. Specifically, I'd like to focus the time I spend memorizing vocabulary by knowing which of the "trouble" words occur most often.

Are there any utilities which let me do that?

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    Could you include some more specifics/requirements, e.g. target OS, budget, specific functionalities you need (must-have) or like (optional)? See e.g. here for some hints on "How to make a question high quality" ;) This will significantly improve your chances of good answers. Thanks! – Izzy May 20 '14 at 15:21
  • I don't have any requirements. Just need it to spit out a list of words and their number of occurences. – emaltman May 20 '14 at 15:23
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    What OS do you use, @emaltman? Not all programs run on all operating systems, and without that information we're kind of flying in the dark as to whether something will work for you or not. – Undo May 20 '14 at 15:25
  • I have regular access to all 3 big ones, that's why I didn't specify. – emaltman May 20 '14 at 15:30
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    3 big ones? Let me guess: Atari, AIX, and OS/360? ;) You should specify this at least in your questions text (just copy over your last comment, but please replace the "3 big ones" with their real names), so people don't have to dig through the comments to figure. And even if you don't have any additional "specific requirements", at least to me it's still unclear how e.g. "trouble words" should be recognized. – Izzy May 20 '14 at 15:42

For a much more advanced tool, you can use Wordstat:

  • non-free but 30-day trial
  • tons of features, including frequency analysis on keywords, phrases, derived categories or concepts, or user-defined codes entered manually within a text:

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You can use http://textalyser.net/:

  • free
  • online
  • perform word frequency analysis:

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  • That is beautiful. Is there a file size/word count limit that you know of? – emaltman May 20 '14 at 15:57
  • Sorry I don't know but counting is not CPU intensive so I would be surprised if there is any tight limit. I would say the main limit is the document type supported: only .txt I think. – Franck Dernoncourt May 20 '14 at 16:01

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