Every Letter In The Alphabet Graphed By Its Frequency of Use

Some letters in the alphabet are workhorses, showing up everywhere and often, while others (looking at you, "Z") are much rarer. But just where does each letter appear with the most frequency? This series of graphs, which plots out the frequency of appearance for each letter, shows us. [UPDATED]

David Taylor over at Prooffreader put together this interesting series of graphs that shows how often each letter appears at either the beginning, middle, or end of words in English. [Update: Taylor is joining us in the comments to take questions, so ask away!) To make the graphs, Taylor used data from the Brown corpus. So, why not just grab a dictionary instead? Because he wanted the data to be weighted towards commonly used words, not just existing ones. Taylor explains:

"I used a corpus rather than a dictionary so that the visualization would be weighted towards true usage. In other words, the most common word in English, "the" influences the graphs far more than, for example, "theocratic""


You can check out the graphs for all 26 letters below or check out the code he used to put together the graph over on Taylor's blog.

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