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Re: word-frequency list
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1715  Monday, 11 September 2000.

From:           Michael Best <
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Date:           Friday, 8 Sep 2000 10:20:37 -0700
Subject: 11.1709 Shakespeare word-frequency list
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1709 Shakespeare word-frequency list

Kent Heiatt writes:

>I've followed http:web.uvic.ca/shakespeare/Annex/ShakSites1.html from
>our carefully updated archive to screen after screen of valuable sites,
>but I haven't found what I saw several weeks ago: a word-frequency list
>viewable in ascending and descending orders.
>
>Can anyone lead me to it?  I've e-mailed Michael Best of the University
>of Victoria but have had no reply: perhaps he's preoccupied.

I have indeed been preoccupied, not only with the usual business of a
new term, but with the question Kent Heiatt asks. I'm not aware of any
word-frequency list on the Internet (and will be delighted if anyone
else can point us to it), so have generated a frequency list to post on
the ISE site. It's probably not especially useful, since for copyright
reasons I have had to use the dated and inaccurate public domain texts
currently available, but, for what they are worth, two versions of the
list are available from this address:

   <http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Annex/Stats/index.html>.

I do expect to generate more useful frequency lists in due course, since
counting things is one of the activities that computers enjoy.

Michael Best
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
<http://web.uvic.ca/shakespeare>

Department of English, University of Victoria
Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada. (250) 598-9575
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