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SukatWika: An Analysis Software for the Linguistic Properties of Texts | A Webinar

Everyone is invited to a public webinar, “SukatWika: An Analysis Software for the Linguistic Properties of Texts,” on 17 May 2024, Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (PH Standard Time) via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, but slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



There is a lack of understanding on the characteristics of texts that children read, especially in Philippine languages. Text quality should be informed by an analysis of text difficulty, which can be evaluated by assessing linguistic properties, such as word density, concept load, and phonological weight. Thus, the SukatWika analysis tool has been developed to automate the extraction of this information for texts written in four Philippine languages: Filipino, English, Sinugbuanong Binisaya, and Ilokano.

SukatWika currently has the following functionalities: sentence length counter, phoneme counter, word frequency counter, word length counter, and word searcher. The results obtained from this software can be used as an aid in the creation of instructional materials which will support reading development among learners.


Kathrina Lorraine Lucasan
Senior Research Associate
Education Research Program, UP CIDS

Francis Paolo Santelices
Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
UP Diliman Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

About SukatWika

SukatWika was developed the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) Education Reform Program (ERP). The SukatWika team includes Dina Joana Ocampo, PhD (Convenor of ERP, and Professor at the UP College Education); Angelina Aquino, and the two presenters (see above).

Additionally, SukatWika has been used to refine word lists in four studies: “The Development of Filipino and English Multi-literacy Assessments for Kindergarten to Grade 3 Learners;” An Age of Acquisition Study in Filipino; The Development of Assessment in Sinugbuanong Binisaya for Grade 3; and finally, a study aimed at describing Filipino words encountered by children in story books and picture books.


For queries, please email UP CIDS: [email protected]

The event is organized by the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) Research Cluster 13 and the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) Education Research Program (ERP). The ERP is one of the Research Programs of the Center for Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS), the policy research unit of the University of the Philippines (UP). ERP conducts policy studies under three categories: Curriculum and Assessment; Instruction and Teacher Development and Governance; and Finance and School Improvement. PAASE is a non-profit organization, composed of scientists and engineers of Philippine descent who have distinguished themselves in scholarly and research related activities.