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224. Shakespearean statistics

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I have to take statistics next semester (thrilling), so in honor of that class requirement, here are some Shakespearean statistics I stumbled across!

  • The plays contain 34,896 total lines spoken by 1,221 characters.
  • There are 884,429 total words in Shakespeare’s 43 works.
  • There are 28,829 unique word forms, and 12,493 occur only once.
  • Those unique words account for 43.3% of total word forms.
  • The top 10 most frequently occuring words make up 21.4% of all words.
  • The top 100 most frequently occuring words make up 53.9% of all words.
  • The top 1% most frequently occuring words make up 66.7% of all words.
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Written by Caroline Mincks

May 13, 2010 at 5:47 PM

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