An Analysis of Letter Dynamics in the English Alphabet

Neil Zhao, Diana Zheng
Computer Science, Information Theory, Information Theory (cs.IT), Computation and Language (cs.CL)
2024-01-28 00:00:00
The frequency with which the letters of the English alphabet appear in writings has been applied to the field of cryptography, the development of keyboard mechanics, and the study of linguistics. We expanded on the statistical analysis of the English alphabet by examining the average frequency which each letter appears in different categories of writings. We evaluated news articles, novels, plays, scientific publications and calculated the frequency of each letter of the alphabet, the information density of each letter, and the overall letter distribution. Furthermore, we developed a metric known as distance, d that can be used to algorithmically recognize different categories of writings. The results of our study can be applied to information transmission, large data curation, and linguistics.
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