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# Statisticians have computed the frequency at which every letter from A through Z will occur in a typical English language passage...does anyone know what these frequencies are for each letter?

Question #19063. Asked by boyscout. (May 15 02 12:43 AM)

Eddie Lewis

I know that the top ten occuring letters, in order, are e, t, a, o, i, n, s, r, h, and l.

 May 15 02, 12:59 AM
eliasen

There are different answers to this question based on different sources. In the book 'Decrypted Secrets' by F.L. Bauer, section 15.4.1 states:

''The' frequency distribution of English is a fiction... statistics on letter frequencies in different languages are quite variable.'

That said, the following table lists the frequencies as found by C.H. Meyer and S.M. Matyas in 1982, as cited in the book mentioned above. (This is based on a sample of 4 million characters.)

Letter Percentage
a 8.04
b 1.54
c 3.06
d 3.99
e 12.51
f 2.30
g 1.96
h 5.49
i 7.26
j 0.16
k 0.67
l 4.14
m 2.53
n 7.09
o 7.60
p 2.00
q 0.11
r 6.12
s 6.54
t 9.25
u 2.71
v 0.99
w 1.92
x 0.19
y 1.73
z 0.09

 May 15 02, 3:10 AM

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