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How do I get a word and phrase count from a large text/txt or excel file or MS access database field?

Posted on 2008-10-07
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Last Modified: 2013-12-07
Is there any free software, or a macro, or a transcript analyzer, that can take a large text file (500,000+ words), or csv file, or Access database to give me the number of occurances of one word, two word, three word, four word and five word phrases?
Question by:tkeiffer
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ID: 22669433
What OS are you running ?
You can do this under Linux pretty easily.
If it is windows there are no counting apps built in so you'll need to download it.

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ID: 22670627
I am running Windows.

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ID: 22670734
I'd even pay for software if it wasn't rediculously expensive and worked on the large files i have.  I found some software called "Textanz" that does what I'm trying to do but it crashes with a memory error 5 minutes into processing at 556,000K memory.
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ID: 22671931
I'm a linux fan so I can tell you how to do it there. But I doubt that is the path you want to go down so instead -
a quick google turns up a fair list :


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ID: 22672965
I've done exhaustive searches with no avail.  If I found a way to install Linux somewhere then how could I do it?  Could I hire you to do it?

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ID: 22673007
One of the main problems with the software on your google search, and my many google searches, is that most of that software only does single word counts.  I need it to examine the text and find all mutliple word phrases and count those too.

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ID: 22675571
I found a free site that will do. I can do up to a 150K words each time which is good enough.  The website is:

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