Once you have uploaded your file(s) to the MateCat home page, click on the Analyze button to estimate the translation effort and find out the discounted word count.
The Volume Analysis page will open. The green progress bar at the top of the page indicates how long it will take to analyze the files.
During the analysis, MateCat matches the content of your file(s) with the Public Translation Memory and any Private Translation Memories before applying Machine Translation.
Once the analysis is complete, MateCat displays the Saving on word count percentage in the green box in the top-right corner.
This feature (in the screenshot above, the saving on word count is 23%) indicates the benefit that users gain from translating with MateCat based on the contents of the document uploaded. This allows for a more realistic estimation of the effort required to translate, achieved thanks to the improved content reuse of the MateCat weighted word count compared to the file’s Total word count.
The specific information provided is as follows:
- Total word count: The total word count without leveraging any reduction from translation memory matches, repetitions or machine translation.
- Industry weighted: The volume as calculated by industry-standard CAT tools.
- MateCat weighted: The MateCat word count, which relies on a combination of advanced TM technology (MyMemory) and a reduction in word weighting applied for machine translation suggestions. This allows MateCat to provide more matches than any other tool.
Detailed Analysis Report
MateCat provides a Volume Analysis Report every time a new job is created.
Once the task is complete, you can download a TXT file containing the details of MateCat’s volume analysis. A link to download the report will appear on the Analysis page as shown below.
You can also access the details of the analysis results directly from the Volume Analysis page.
To do so, click on the down arrow below the words Show Details at the bottom of the page.
This will open the volume analysis grid containing all the key information about the number of words (Total, Weighted, New, Repeated) for each translation job.
One major advantage of MateCat for those working with one source language and multiple target languages is that you can analyze all the languages at the same time.
In this case, the analysis report displays the total saving on word count across the project as a whole and then breaks down the matches for every individual target language (i.e. job) included in the project.
After the volume analysis is complete, you can select how many jobs you would like to create by clicking on the Split button.
For each job, MateCat will create a unique link which you can follow to translate your file. You can click on Translate and send the link to your translator, open the link to translate the file yourself, or Outsource project management + translation directly via MateCat.