Re: Characters

From: Mark Davis ☕ (
Date: Sun Feb 13 2011 - 20:26:01 CST

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    As people have said on this thread, it depends entirely on the data sample
    in use. As it turns out, when looking at HTML pages on the web (with a
    good-sized sample from work here at Google), SPACE is the most frequent
    character (by a huge margin). That is even true on Chinese pages, just
    because of the proportion of markup on pages.

    For those interested, the most frequent Alphabetic is 'e'.


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    On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 02:13, Charlie Ruland <> wrote:

    > U+0020 SPACE is by no means ‘the most used character’ universally. For
    > Chinese it is completely unnecessary, not only when writing from top to
    > bottom. The same is probably true for Japanese and ‘early forms’ of
    > influential W Eurasian languages such as Phoenician, Hebrew, Greek and
    > Latin. And further examples from other parts of the world won’t be hard to
    > find.
    > Charlie

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