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My typing speed

by vroom (His Eminence)
on Jul 18, 2001 at 22:50 UTC ( #97829=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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[bar] 64/6%
10-20 WPM
[bar] 31/3%
21-30 WPM
[bar] 79/8%
31-40 WPM
[bar] 129/13%
41-50 WPM
[bar] 138/14%
51-60 WPM
[bar] 145/14%
>60 WPM
[bar] 314/31%
CowboyNeal Speed
[bar] 117/12%
1017 total votes
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Re: My typing speed
by jynx (Priest) on Jul 18, 2001 at 23:55 UTC

    there's a reason i've admitted to previewing multiple times. i'm actually faster than my vote (31-40 wpm), but i make so many mistakes in spelling that it gets counted against me (as per rules of typing speed). so i'm a horribly slow typest, tipist, tpyist, <with exuberance> typist </with exuberance> despite the afct, fact that iu, i canm, can type faster than tat, that. (sorry for the all of the spelling mistakes, but it's kinf, kind of proof ogf, of concept :-)


      welwfjq wbhfuiqwhe uiocfha fioash fu ashuifh siofho io ajfhauifh euifv asuiofh awuifvhuifv h awivgh guiovhasd fgasfvio wehafucioa wbfcuioas uifbwau c awb uif baweuif buiasfb aauifb aeuiwfb uiafb cawbf uiasbfoubfiluwbaefl.

      ...*phew*... 327 wpm :)

        afoo bar <ESC>................................. ............................................... ........................................... etc
        That gets a pretty good speed. No typing errors either ;)
Re: My typing speed
by japhy (Canon) on Jul 19, 2001 at 04:55 UTC
    I typed
    there was an old man from nan tucket who put all his cash in a bucket his daughter named nan ran off with a man and as for the bucket, nan tucket fee fi fo fum, I smell the blood of an english man! the rain in spain falls mainly on the plain there once was a man from nan tucket who put all his cash in a bucket his daughter named nan, ran off with a man and as for the bucket, nan tucket
    (91 words) in less than a minute. But that seems rather contrived. I think if I were just typing stream of thought, I'd end up around 70/80 words per minute. This:
    (11) in fact, it is for this reason that I timed myself (17) writing something freeform. specifically, my response (28) to this node. this is happening as I write it, so (36) there is no aforethought, not like with those (44) limericks and well-known rhymes and what have you. (54) and I'm making typos too. and you can see that (63) natively, I don't capitalize the first word of a (71) sentence, unless (egotistically) it happens to be the (77) word "I". how english of me. ;)
    I wrote in a minute also, and it is 77 "words" long, give or take. So yeah, I'd say I'm around 75 wpm. But this only based on one minute of writing, not, say, ten.

    Jeff japhy Pinyan: Perl, regex, and perl hacker.
    s++=END;++y(;-P)}y js++=;shajsj<++y(p-q)}?print:??;

Re: My typing speed
by BigJoe (Curate) on Jul 19, 2001 at 00:59 UTC
    I think it should be "How many lines of Optimized Perl Code can you write per minute?" Because I don't think that $_ and $_ =~ s/\s+//g; counts as valid words. Don't you get a slower speed if it is mispelled?


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Re: My typing speed
by one4k4 (Hermit) on Jul 19, 2001 at 17:05 UTC
    Does anybody else ever realize they can type code almost as fast as just plain text? I hardly look at the keyboard anymore. What I really need is some sort of optical device that knows where the kb would be and knows which key I would have hit. If only for the sake of cleaning off this desk, and having less to spill beer on.

    Thought: Did vroom mean "My" typing speed? As in what we think of his speed? :)

    What we really need is one of those word games with the falling text, on PM so we can test it, and keep score with each other. Maybe it'll take a random word out of the CB and make you type it as fast as possible. Etc... :)

    _14k4 - (

      This interests me - I can type code just about as fast as I can type standard text, but things are very different for my husband. He is (mild-moderately) dyslexic, and so typing plain text probably works out to about 10 wpm after corrections.

      Where code is concerned, however, I've never seen him make a mistake. Until I first saw this I never considered that perhaps a different part of the brain processes different languages.

      Anybody know whether it's possible to have problems with one (spoken, not programming) language and not another?

        I've found that, since I started using Perl, I tend to trip over my tongue when I speak -- my brain is going faster than I can talk. But I never "get ahead of myself" while typing code, which I find odd. Perhaps I can type an idea in code faster than I can speak an idea in words.

        Jeff japhy Pinyan: Perl, regex, and perl hacker.
        s++=END;++y(;-P)}y js++=;shajsj<++y(p-q)}?print:??;

Re: My typing speed
by mikeB (Friar) on Jul 18, 2001 at 23:04 UTC
    10-20 WPM ?!? I used to be able to do that in Morse code :)
A Question re : My Typing Speed
by arturo (Vicar) on Jul 18, 2001 at 22:59 UTC

    $CowboyNeal speed > $Ludicrous Speed ?

      Damn, I LOVE that movie. -oakbox
        what movie are you talking about??
        ok have a nice daty enjo yit
Re: My typing speed
by sifukurt (Hermit) on Jul 19, 2001 at 01:39 UTC
    If anyone is interested, Brainbench has a fairly good typing test. It only takes about 15 minutes or so to take, and it gives you raw speed and speed corrected for errors.

        Interesting. 121 WPM with 74% Accuracy. I know 121 WPM is quite high, but is 74% accurate in relation to others?

        And is this test anything like 'normal' tests you would see at training institutes? I learned to type by doing it often, using a variable amount of fingers, usually 7 or 9.

        Which leads me to another question : HOW does everyone type? How many fingers, are there people who can type one-handed with decent speed?

        Not too shabby: 187 WPM with 91% accuracy. I remember in College, my high was around 200WPM with >90% accuracy.

        But as a comment, I dated someone back in the '90s who typed well over 250WPM. She was a medical transcriptionist ... and boy did she rake in the $$$'s.

        mr.nick ...

Re: My typing speed
by fmogavero (Monk) on Jul 19, 2001 at 00:01 UTC
    tyopingf speeed, but with heow many misrakes
      thats easy, type code >60, type email 30-40, type term papper 5-10 per day. =)
Re: My typing speed
by spacewarp (Pilgrim) on Jul 19, 2001 at 08:25 UTC
    Thing is, this question implies only one typing speed.. I type 35 wpm on Qwerty, and 25 wpm on Dvorak! 8)


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      Similarly, before I left Australia I could type over 70wpm. Now that I'm in Switzerland, it's dropped to around 40wpm. This is because I've had to adjust to three new keyboards in the meantime.

      Some of the machines at work have 'German Keyboards' while my workstation has a 'Swiss German keyboard', my laptop has a 'UK keyboard' and the desktop I brought with me from Sydney has a 'US keyboard'. I keep having to look to find out where the $ sign and the Y key have gotten to.

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Re: My typing speed
by IraTarball (Monk) on Jul 20, 2001 at 01:34 UTC
    With or without command line completion? :-)

    "So... What do all these little arrows mean?"

Re: My typing speed
by lshatzer (Friar) on Jul 19, 2001 at 02:37 UTC
    I cna ytpe 300 wprds pre mintue/
Re: My typing speed
by tune (Curate) on Jul 23, 2001 at 16:22 UTC
    I type Perl over 60 WPM. Every other communication form is problematic for me ( under 10) :-)


      Not really sure how fast I type, but it's faster than some of my co-workers (and I work at a software company). I type faster than I talk on the phone, that's for sure. I probably sound pretty stupid on the phone :o)
      OH well it really to practice to type how you are speed this per minute and it really not easy for you do it all time because it really to have to check your wrong spelling and and too hard to for you to think about everything on papers however you do.
Re: My typing speed
by OzzyOsbourne (Chaplain) on Jul 20, 2001 at 00:32 UTC

    Unlike Cowboy Neal, my typing speed does not depend on the status of my pants...

    Really, though, I wanted to vote 10-20 WPM. I'm a sys admin, not a doctor.


      Would a doctor be able to type that fast?

      My mom-in-law used to run a medical transcription service, and she could type >120 WPM (no joke), so by the transitive property, doctors can type very fast, indeed!

      I'm not a doctor, but one plays me on TV. (wait...)
Re: My typing speed
by Falkkin (Chaplain) on Jul 30, 2001 at 09:28 UTC
    Well, according to Leliel's Java test, about 56 WPM after corrections for errors. But I probably type faster than that on average, since I've never been one to look at the screen while typing.

    The interesting thing I've noticed is that my typing speed seems to increase dramatically right after I've finished with a session of hard-core piano practice -- especially if I've been practicing a quick-tempo song, like Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca. I also think my typing is more accurate after a piano-playing session. Any other monks notice this effect? (I'm definitely gonna keep a link to that Java applet for the next time I really get going on the piano... time for some empirical study.)

    Another think: I'm a self-taught typist, just as I am a self-taught pianist; can't play music from a piano book (well), just as I can't type stuff straight out of a book (well) either. All I know is that formally-taught keyboardists (whether computer or musical) often wonder how I can do what I do with such lousy style. ;p

Re: My typing speed
by Anonymous Monk on Mar 19, 2008 at 00:12 UTC
          Well there was a lot of white space and errors to correct!
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