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Word count differs between Trados 5 and 6.5. What is the official answer?
Thread poster: Jan Sundström

Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 16:17
English to Swedish
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Apr 21, 2005

Hi all,

We've noticed that the same file, analysed against an empty TM, gives totally different word counts in Trados 5 compared to 6.5.

In our case, the count was 14% higher in 6.5.

Is there any logical explanation to this? Did Trados change their criteria for what is counted, improve the recognition of text boxes or layouted text, or what?

Did anyone get in touch with Trados for an official answer to what's going on?

Thanks a lot!

Jan Sunström


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Chiara Comini
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English to Italian
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apostrophes and dashes Apr 21, 2005

Hi Jan,

if I remember correctly higher versions consider words separated by apostrophes or dashes as 2 words while previous versions didn't.

HTH

Chiara


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tectranslate ITS GmbH
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No general answer Apr 21, 2005

While the actual analysis algorithm remains a trade secret of Trados, there are other factors as well that may influence segmentation and/or analysis.

For instance, the Penalties should be set to the same values (1/2/2/3/15, by default) in both programs. If they're not, results may wildly vary (I've had a similar case before.)


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