As you know, we keep a complete track of translation history. To any user, there is a report available for downloading under their Personal profile page.  The report includes the number of words translated by this particular user. Please download and open it first in order to understand the explanation below.


There are a number of scenarios, or "cases" how we call them,  which you can see in the report. Here is how we count words in each of the cases:

Case 0: the target translation is empty.

100% of the source words are counted.


Case 1: there are 3 conditions: the target translation is not empty, it was previously updated by the same translator, and the source translation was not changed.

Words counted: 0 words, since this is the correction of their own translation.


Case 2: the target is not empty and was previously updated by another translator.

Words counted: first, calculating to what degree (%) the target translation was changed, then multiplying this degree by the number of source words and a coefficient of 2. The maximum result will still be the number of source words, not more. E.g., If the target was changed by 50%, it counts as a new translation, i.e. 100% of the source words are counted. The reason is that a translator has to read more text than it is actually changed in order to make the correction. We say 2 times more, thus a coefficient of 2.


Case 3: the source text has been updated since last translation.

The same principle as in Case 2, but derived from the changes in the source. Words counted: first, calculating to what degree (%) the source was changed, then multiplying this degree by the number of source words and a coefficient of 2. The maximum result will still be the number of source words, not more. E.g., If the source was changed by 50%, it counts as a new translation, i.e. 100% of the source words are counted. Again, the reason is that a translator has to read more text than it is actually changed in order to make the correction. We say 2 times more, thus a coefficient of 2.

Did this answer your question?