Monday, August 07, 2006

Cool Stats

Who would have thought Amazon would go to this much bother? They compiled a concordance for Ordinary Days, plus a few random statistics.

Concordance
These are the 100 most frequently used words in this book.
again almost always amy another aunt away baby bed came car cat change child children come creek dad daughter day door down emily family few find first found friends get girls give go going good got hand head home hours house husband ing jenny keep kitchen know last later left let life little long look love matt mom morning mother need new next night now old oregon own paul people phone put right road room saw school see sister something son still summer sure take tell things think thought three time told took two want water weeks went work years

Text Stats
These statistics are computed from the text of this book.

Readability
Compared with books in All Categories
9.2
25% are easier
75% are harder

Complexity
Complex Words:
8%
20% have fewer
80% have more

Syllables per Word:
1.5
23% have fewer
77% have more

Words per Sentence:
15.1
43% have fewer
57% have more

Number of
Characters:
207,624
30% have fewer
70% have more

Words:
37,440
33% have fewer
67% have more

Sentences:
2,478
37% have fewer
63% have more

Fun stats
Words per Dollar:
3,763

Words per Ounce:
5,571

10 comments:

  1. Ahhh! Those stats would drive me nuts if I were the author. I'd have to figure out what the perfect grade is on each of those scales and then determine what I should have done differently to get a perfect score. (Who me, a perfectionist?)

    BTW, is your book getting marketed in the Great White North?

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  2. Hello Dorcas, found your site through Mark Roth's. I went to Elliot Prairie when Paul was a teacher there. my younger brother was in his class. Love your site. Take care. Steve Elwell

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  3. Steve #1--the only thing that drives me nuts is that Ben didn't make the concordance list. I promised him I'd make up for this in book #2. He doesn't seem to feel it's a big deal, thankfully.
    Steve #2--Hey, I remember you from EP!

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  4. P.S. to Steve Byer--I think my book is getting marketed in Canada but I don't know for sure.

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  5. Wow, aren't the concordance words interesting... I suppose there's software to analyze anything these days

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  6. Steve 2 here, Yep, that's me. Married now with 4 children. been married now 17 yrs, children range from 15 to 10. Hope all is well with your family

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  7. Dorcas,

    It is nice to see that Paul made it into your book almost twice as often as Jenny, Amy or Matt. I guess that speaks well of his status in the family!

    Merle

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  8. This is very interesting site... » » »

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  9. That's a great story. Waiting for more. » »

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  10. This is very interesting site... » »

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