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Letter Frequency

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redghia69


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Letter Frequency


Showing the “frequency” with which each letter is used in the English language. Letters on the left, actual percent usage on the right.

eHalcyon


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redghia69 wrote:Re: Letter Frequency


Showing the “frequency” with which each letter is used in the English language. Letters on the left, actual percent usage on the right.


Out of curiosity, how did you create the graphs?

Also, are those sine waves or cosine waves? =P

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eHalcyon wrote:Also, are those sine waves or cosine waves? =P


yes

eHalcyon


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bluchez wrote:yes


I meant "which one". ><

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redghia69


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eHalcyon wrote:Out of curiosity, how did you create the graphs?

Also, are those sine waves or cosine waves? =P


You really want to know? Corel Draw. I created one sine wave (yep, sine -- they all start at 0) which I repeated 10x. Then I did a little math and keyed in the appropriate multipliers for width, i.e. 'A' was stretched to 122% of it's original width (10/8.17 * 100 = 122). Last thing was to repeat the wave for "E" (since it cycles more than 10 times), chop off the extra bits, and create a grid for the background. And now you know. It's all very true to the data, which came courtesy of Wikipedia. (It's available a lot of other places as well.)

My first attempt was in alphabetical order, but it just became a jumble of wavy lines. This version has something of a ripple effect that I thought worked well for a shirt -- and conversation starter. My first thought was some version of a bar graph, but this is more original, yeah?

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You know, it's fascinating how this was done. But even more fascinating- how I find myself staring at the lines hypnotically. Fascinating.

Well done! GMV.

squidboots


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What a freaking cool idea for a shirt. I can totally see myself wearing this...GMV!

redghia69


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SkekTek wrote:You know, it's fascinating how this was done. But even more fascinating- how I find myself staring at the lines hypnotically. Fascinating.

Well done! GMV.

Thanks Skek -- I almost wish there were more letters in the alphabet, but there's enough to get the wavy feel -- worth looking at.


squidboots wrote:What a freaking cool idea for a shirt. I can totally see myself wearing this...GMV!

Thanks Squid! A little geeky perhaps, but I think anyone would be interested enough to take a second look. Hopefully the night crowd (who seem to dig the math/science type designs a little more) will find it and help with the votes! Not that we have to wait 'til then....

mylee712


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If I'm ever a contestant on Wheel of Fortune, I'm totally wearing this shirt! :-)

sundbe10


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This is really cool, but I just had my physics final so those waves are all to familiar.

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haklesup


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[quote "]Also, are those sine waves or cosine waves? =P
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THey appear to all start at 0 so they are Sine waves. Cosine waves would be 180 deg out of phase and thus start at +/-100%

joebeimon


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Great shirt. I like this and I think it is one of the few recently that I would actually wear. GMV!!!

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5queak


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haklesup wrote:THey appear to all start at 0 so they are Sine waves. Cosine waves would be 180 deg out of phase and thus start at +/-100%


actually sin(x)=cos(x-90) but you are right about the amplitude ... hey I remembered that, maybe I'll do okay on my signals and systems final exam tomorrow.

Great shirt design, GMV

maxdamage


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It looks almost like a side-scan sonar image. Very cool.

jeighsohn


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Re: Letter Frequency

it might also be cool to use oscilloscope graphs of each letter being spoken.

nice concept!
edit: i just saw your other sub... nice!

redghia69


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Wow, this shirt never saw hotness until sometime this morning and now there it is sitting at the top, and moving up the ranks! Thanks for all the votes and comments!

llonvent


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redghia69 wrote:Thanks Squid! A little geeky perhaps, but I think anyone would be interested enough to take a second look. Hopefully the night crowd (who seem to dig the math/science type designs a little more) will find it and help with the votes! Not that we have to wait 'til then....


Glad I'm one of those who took a second look. I like it. Got my vote.

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