[OS X TeX] How does Texhshop count words?

Themis Matsoukas tmatsoukas at icloud.com
Wed Dec 20 10:59:05 EST 2017

Hi Herb,

Thanks for the scripts. I used DropTeXCount and got the following:

	• Encoding: utf8
	• Words in text: 2866
	• Words in headers: 24
	• Words outside text (captions, etc.): 0
	• Number of headers: 8
	• Number of floats/tables/figures: 0
	• Number of math inlines: 236
	• Number of math displayed: 41

The word count is in the ballpark of TeXShop, which gave about 3000. 


> On Dec 20, 2017, at 10:50 AM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
>> On Dec 20, 2017, at 9:29 AM, Themis Matsoukas <tmatsoukas at icloud.com> wrote:
>> I used Edit/ Statistics… to count words in my source file. With the entire file selected (from first line to last, comments and all), I get a word count of 3045/20021 characters. If I select from my \begin{abstract} to the end of the file, I get 3381 words/22663 characters! I didn’t expect the count to be exact but I would have thought that a subset of the document would give a lower count that the whole. With some experimentation I discovered that when  the line \begin{document} is excluded,  the count increases by ~300 words. That’s with a revtex document, I am not sure if the same is seen with other classes. 
>> Not a big deal but since Dick is a mathematician I thought he’d want to know that there is a discontinuity that breaks monotonicity in the count :)
>> Themis
> Howdy,
> If I had to guess I'd say it uses `detex` (to remove commands) and then `wc` to count words.
> For curiosities sake try downloading DropTeXCount.zip and use of of the two drop-scripts enclosed in the unzipped folder to do a count in the whole document. You can get that file from <https://herbs.github.io>. Those scripts use `texcount` (part of TeX Live) to do the word count.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
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