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A freeware tool for profiling the vocabulary level and complexity of texts.

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Older Versions

All previous releases of AntWordProfiler can be found at the following link. <.exe> files are for Windows. <.zip> files are for Macintosh OS X. <.tar.gz> files are for Linux.

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Development Roadmap

My current tentative plans. If you would like see others, please feel free to suggest them on the AntWordProfiler Discussion group.

Status Description
Under development
  • Rewrite in Python to give the progam a modern interface.
Plans for 2015
and beyond
  • Your suggestions come here...

Citing/Referencing AntWordProfiler

Use the following method to cite/reference AntWordProfiler according to the APA style guide:

Anthony, L. (YEAR OF RELEASE). AntWordProfiler (Version VERSION NUMBER) [Computer Software]. Tokyo, Japan: Waseda University. Available from

For example if you download AntWordProfiler 1.4.1, which was released in 2014, you would cite/reference it as follows:

Anthony, L. (2014). AntWordProfiler (Version 1.4.1) [Computer Software]. Tokyo, Japan: Waseda University. Available from

Note that the APA instructions are not entirely clear about citing software, and it is debatable whether or not the "Available from ..." statement is needed. See here for more details.

Other resources

These following lists can be imported into AntWordProfiler and used as reference lists when creating vocabulary profiles of target texts.

  • BNC/COCA family lists. Created by Paul Nation. For more information, see Paul Nations's homepage.
  • NGSL (1000/2000,2800) and AWL (960). Created by Charles Browne, Brent Culligan & Joe Phillips. For more information, see the NGSL homepage.
  • GSL (1000/2000) and AWL (570), the default files that come with AntWordProfiler. Created by Paul Nation and cleaned by Laurence Anthony. For more information, see Paul Nations's homepage.