Dissertation By the Numbers

November 22nd, 2010

The following data don’t mean anything but I thought they were fun to calculate and look over.

Entire Document (Source: Me Counting)
Pages: 393
Chapters: 11
Appendices: 4
Figures: 79
Tables: 105
References: Did I say 615? I meant 642.
People Mentioned by Name in the Acknowledgements: 41

Entire Document (Source: Microsoft Word)
Pages: 392
Words: 76,511
Characters (no spaces): 419,701
Characters (with spaces): 491,128
Paragraphs: 5,881
Lines: 13,133

Just the Text (Source: textalyser.net)
Words (three letters or more): 31,473
Different Words: 5184
Complexity Factor (Lexical Density): 16.5%
Readability (Gunning-Fog Index [6 = easy; 20 = hard]): 10.8
Average Syllables Per Word: 1.96
Sentence Count: 3757
Average Sentence Length: 15.08 words
Max Sentence Length: 60 words (“These variations on the method of using a strap around the head or body to secure a load on one’s back, documented in different periods of andean cultural history, are especially relevant to the dissertation because it was noted during data collection of the Armatambo skeletal population that degenerative joint disease was common in the sternum, clavicles, and ribs.”

Frequency and Top Words :

Word Occurrences Frequency Rank
armatambo 447 1.4% 1
health 348 1.1% 2
between 313 1% 3
age 247 0.8% 4
found 214 0.7% 5
state 192 0.6% 6
data 164 0.5% 7
skeletal 161 0.5% 7
sites 159 0.5% 7
figure 156 0.5% 7

Word Length :

Word Length (characters) Word count Frequency
3 8392 14.3%
2 8353 14.3%
4 7607 13%
1 6957 11.9%
5 5991 10.2%
6 5442 9.3%
7 4336 7.4%
8 3359 5.7%
9 2859 4.9%
10 2312 4%

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