Phraseology's "Inspect" view is accessible by the "i" icon on the left side toolbar. This view provides scores and statistics about your document, and a breakdown of the root word usage by parts of speech.
The Inspect view can be used to help ferret out problems like word repetition, and excessive use of adverbs.
The Inspect view can also be accessed for a text selection by selecting text in your document, and tapping the "Inspect" item in the text selection menu – but generally most of the scores and statistics provided are more meaningful for longer texts.
Details about the scores and statistics calculated are available below.
The table views of the linguistic breakdown of root words in the document are ordered by count of occurrences, and the parts of speech rows can be tapped to show only those root words, and the root words tapped to show occurrences of that root word.
When inspecting an entire document, a "Select" button is also available to navigate directly to a specific occurrence of a word for editing.
Phraseology calculates the following statistics in the Inspect view:
- Characters: Total number of characters, including all punctuation and white space in the text.
- Words: Total number of words in the text, based on white space between words.
- Root words: Total number of root word (lemmas) found. This total will only total unique root words found, so plurals, conjugations, etc. of the same root word will not add to this total. For example, "be" and "being" will only be counted once.
- Sentences: Total number of sentences identified in the text.
- Average words per sentence
- Average syllables per word
Phraseology calculates several common readability scores in its Inspect view, here is a brief overview of some of these scores with links to more detailed information. These tests will provide more accurate and useful information on longer texts, and are geared for use only with English.
- Flesch Kincaid Reading Ease/Grade Level: The Flesh-Kincaid Reading Ease score is based on factors such as the number of words per sentence and number of syllables per word. The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level value should roughly translates the scoring to the U.S. grade level equivalent that should be comfortable reading the text. The scores work inversely, so a higher “Reading Ease” score will typically translate to a lower “Grade Level”. Learn more
- Gunning Fog Index: Gunning Fog estimates the years of formal education needed to understand a text on first reading. The formula is based on words per sentence and also the predominance of “complex words”, which are three or more syllables. Learn more.
- SMOG Index: The SMOG index is similar to Gunning Fog, in that it’s output attempts to approximate the number of years of formal education required to read the passage of text, but it is based on a somewhat simpler formula. Learn more.