My Book “Walking Up The Ramp” Used The Letter ‘E’ 64,737 Times And ‘Z’ 306 Times


There are different way to evaluate any book, including the one I wrote and had published this fall.  Walking Up The Ramp was a most interesting project to have spent a year writing.  The learning curve during the publishing phase was at times challenging, but the end result is something I am very proud to have for sale.

Today James came across a program that analyzes a particular book to discover how often a certain letter is used, as compared to how often a letter is used in English language books as a whole.  The most frequent letter in English is the E followed by T, A, O, and I whereas the least frequent are Q, Z, and X.  Common percentages in English are as follows.

a b c d e f g h i j k l m
8.2 1.5 2.8 4.3 12.7 2.2 2.0 6.1 7.0 0.2 0.8 4.0 2.4
n o p q r s t u v w x y z
6.7 7.5 1.9 0.1 6.0 6.3 9.1 2.8 1.0 2.4 0.2 2.0 0.1
 

Ranked in order they would look like this.

e t a o i n s h r d l u c
12.7 9.1 8.2 7.5 7.0 6.7 6.3 6.1 6.0 4.3 4.0 2.8 2.8
m w f y g p b v k x j q z
2.4 2.4 2.2 2.0 2.0 1.9 1.5 1.0 0.8 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1

In Walking Up The Ramp by Gregory A. Humphrey, we find the following statistics to be true.  The text is comprised of 533811 characters with removed spaces.  The use of letters in his book can be broken down this way:

a : 43861 … 8.2 %
b : 6950 … 1.3 %
c : 12799 … 2.4 %
d : 22848 … 4.3 %
e : 64737 … 12.1 %
f : 11434 … 2.1 %
g : 10263 … 1.9 %
h : 29184 … 5.5 %
i : 34600 … 6.5 %
j : 1072 … 0.2 %

k : 4654 … 0.9 %
l : 20650 … 3.9 %
m : 14922 … 2.8 %
n : 35166 … 6.6 %
o : 41217 … 7.7 %
p : 8896 … 1.7 %
q : 328 … 0.1 %
r : 29525 … 5.5 %
s : 31811 … 6.0 %
t : 48494 … 9.1 %
u : 12499 … 2.3 %
v : 5365 … 1.0 %
w : 14474 … 2.7 %
x : 534 … 0.1 %
y : 9604 … 1.8 %
z : 306 … 0.1 %

Letter frequencies
e : 64737
t : 48494
a : 43861
o : 41217
n : 35166
i : 34600
s : 31811
r : 29525
h : 29184
d : 22848
l : 20650
m : 14922
w : 14474
c : 12799
u : 12499
f : 11434
g : 10263
y : 9604
p : 8896
b : 6950
v : 5365
k : 4654
j : 1072
x : 534
q : 328
z : 306

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