When you give ContaWords a task, it first reads the words of a text file and decides what part of speech to assign to each word (credit-Noun-credit but credit-Verb-to_credit). It then begins to count how many times a word appears in the text in every possible way (credits, credit, credited… etc).
ContaWords can also take into account that a sequence of words can, for example, be the name of an organization, a person or an entity (Named Entity Recognition).
Besides all this, ContaWords can find sequences of two words that seem to appear together more often than would be expected, such as "monetary policy " or "fiscal balance ". Maybe it can be useful for your study, too!
For each task that you give to ContaWords, it puts all of your results into a single spreadsheet file (Excel file; .xls) that you can download when all of the tasks are finished.
You can run multiple ContaWords simultaneously: when ContaWords starts to count, the status “In Progress” will appear in "Results" and when the task is complete the status will change to “Finished”.
When the status is “In Progress”, you can already copy the URLs of new texts and click to run ContaWords again.
The above is all done with ContaWords. Now it's your turn! You can sort the words to see the most frequent nouns, or look to see if there are many negative adjectives, or ... you can discover new uses for the information provided by ContaWords.