'Mcgunnigle peoples rehomed' computer keyboard layout

31 December 2017
Canonical namemcgunnigle-peoples-rehomed.en.ansi
Form factorSlab : ANSI
'Author'Roger J. McGunnigle
Author data may not be correct, we're working on it.
Keys horizontally staggeredYes
Letters on thumb0
Uses AltGr for standard charactersNo
Moves non-character keys (ANSI/ISO)No
Changes 'shift' pairsNo
Changes top row (ANSI/ISO)No
Uppercase on different keyNo

Click image for larger view


Download the Keyboard Layout Analyzer .json file.


MetricRankRelative %
KLA original English prose30864.94
KLA original Programming34647.72
Den 1 English prose33952.94
Den 1 Programming35643.23
Homekeys words3100.43
Homeblock words561.81
Angle mod Homeblock words1132.90
Easyblock words1204.44
One-handed words3064.30
Homekeys bigrams28844.67
Homekeys trigrams16443.93
Homekeys quadgrams16217.95
Homekeys common words16350.59
Samefinger bigrams277 1.97
Overall ranking27738.27

Finger based metrics

Finger based metrics, as determined with Keyboard Layout Analyzer, using Patrick's original scoring model, and Den's first revised version.

We show the ranking Overall, for the broad Form Factor, and against other similar layouts (Peers), for English prose, assorted Programming, and Average of the two.

'Peers' means compared to other layouts with same characterics, e.g. ANSI/ISO vs Ergo, and matching 'Has letters on thumb', 'Uses AltGr for standard characters', 'Moves non-character keys (ANSI/ISO)', 'Changes shift pairs', 'Changes top row (ANSI/ISO)', and 'Uppercase on different key', as listed above.

 OverallOverallOverall ANSI/ISOANSI/ISOANSI/ISO PeersPeersPeers
Scoring modelEnglish proseProgrammingCombined English proseProgrammingCombined English proseProgrammingCombined
KLA original308 / 360346 / 360314 / 360203 / 252238 / 252208 / 25280 / 114104 / 11485 / 114
Den 1339 / 360356 / 360345 / 360231 / 252248 / 252237 / 252101 / 114110 / 114104 / 114

English Word-based analysis

Home Keys Analysis

The Home Keys for this layout are shown with red dots in the image above, giving the following letters:


Home key bigrams, trigrams, quadgrams and common words

Scores are based on which fingers are used for the top 20 bigrams, trigrams and quadgrams, and top 30 common words, with the scores weighted by strength of finger used, and frequency of occurance of the text.

MetricRankWeighted scoreComponents handled and not handled
Bigrams28840.28 / 90.17th he at ha es in er an re nd on en ou ed to or it is hi ng
Trigrams16417.43 / 39.68the hat tha and ing her his ere for ent ion ter was you ith ver all wit thi tio
Quadgrams1622.85 / 15.88that ther with tion here ould ight have hich whic this thin they atio ever from ough were hing ment
Common words16342.72 / 84.45the a that he as at be has of and to in is for was on with it his by from are this I but have an not they or
Home Key lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample

Word count
Word length

Easyblock Analysis

The typical Easyblock Keys for this layout form factor are shown here:
Easyblock lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample

Word count
Word length

Homeblock Analysis

The typical Homeblock Keys for this layout form factor are shown here:
Homeblock lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample

Word count
Word length

Angle Mod Homeblock Analysis

The typical Angle Mod Homeblock Keys for this layout form factor are shown here:
Angle mod Homeblock lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample

Word count
Word length

One-handed words Analysis

This looks at how many words can be typed with only left or right hand. We want these numbers to be low.
This metric was done "strictly" ... shifted or AltGr letters were only included if Shift or AltGr was on the same hand.
Note: we exclude the Dvorak one-handed layouts comparison, since clearly by design they can type every possible word with one hand.
Left hand lettersLeft wordsLongest left wordLeft exampleRight hand lettersRight wordsLongest right wordRight exampleTotal
qQwWyYpPcCjJbBsSaAtTzZxXgGfFoO161210bossyboots lLuUdDhHeEmMkKnNiIrRvV206612Heidenheimer 3678

Left handRight hand
Word count
Word lengthWord length

SameFinger Bigrams

This is a weighted analysis of same-finger usage.

The probability that a letter will follow another given letter is used to evaluate layouts by which letters pairs are on the same fingers. We multiply this figure by the percentage frequency of the first letter, in English.
We add the probabilities in both directions, for example "er" and "re".

There are some exceptions: We only look at lower case, and if the second letter is on the same key as the first, we ignore that pair.

The idea is to see how much a finger has to fly around, and if the two letters are on the same key (as in the split-case layouts) then it doesn't have to fly between them.

The metric does not measure how far the finger has to fly, just that it has to. I'll look at adding distance, row jumps, inward rolls, outward rolls, to this metric if possible.

Left pinky'qwjbzx' 1.531
Left ring'ysg' 15.6979
Left middle'paf' 61.0201
Left index'cto' 221.5544
Left thumb'⍽' 0
Right thumb'' 0
Right index'lhn' 9.2436
Right middle'uei' 60.2038
Right ring'dmr' 37.0558
Right pinky'kv' 0.0081
Both thumbs'' 0
Total 406.31

Word metric comparisons

MetricLowestLowest scoremcgunnigle-peoples-rehomed.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Home keysabcdef.en.ansi3751
Angle mod Homeblockalphametric.en.ansi135489900
Left hand wordsqgmlwy.en.ergolinear341612
Right hand wordsessie-3.en.ergolinear262066
Total single handedessie-3.en.ergolinear1583678
Average single handedessie-3.en.ergolinear791839
Same finger bigramsseelpy-1.en.ergolinear8.01406.31

Fraser Street analysis

"Fraser Street" (thanks Shai) is a specially-crafted text in which most of the words are typed with only the left hand, on the QWERTY layout.
It was designed to highlight how much better the Dvorak layout is at hand alternation.
We ignore spaces and punctuation.

Left lettersRight lettersNeeds both hands

Fraser Street was in West Everett. Westward of Fraser Street was the great vast sea. Awed, we gazed seawards, attracted by crested waves which raced and ebbed. Children were scattered on the beach edged and strewed with seaweed. They waded in water as the sea surged in and retreated. They bagged crabs as eagerly as beavers saw trees. Brave crews, seafarers in fact, steered sea craft far away. The site of Fraser Street was not overrated.

Few vegetated in Fraser Street. Nobody wasted time abed. "Acts test the breed," was ever the sacred adage. Varied crafts and trades were represented. There was a caterer, a barber, a weaver, a cabaret, and a garage. Attracted, we started to see several scenes. We were greeted as friends.

The barber catered to a varied trade, representing diverse careers and different creeds. Saturday drew the best crowd. All were seated, relaxed, aware of fewer cares, less fagged. There we saw a few starved tattered beggars who bragged of "bracers" served at cafes after a wee meal of beef stew and cabbage. A better fare was reserved for those reared on earth's greater awards.

Fraser Street summary

Left letters typed442
Right letters typed439
Needs both hands0
Total letters typed881
Hand balance50.17 : 0.00 : 49.83

Typing lessons

Download some English words suitable for learning the layout.
Note if any files are empty it's because there are not enough words to create a lesson. This is most noticeable in the bad layouts.

Week 1Homekey words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 2Easyblock words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 3Homeblock words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 4Common / tricky words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 5Pangrams Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 6So you think you can type? Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 7Extra practice 1: Common words in text Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 8Extra practice 2: Lorem ipsum and friends Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 9Extra practice 3: Underused words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5