Word Ways


Rex Gooch


The word reported here was undertaken during preparation of an article on Word Ladders: I felt in need of some facts to direct my efforts, and to clarify some remarks others had made. This article presents the frequency of occurrence of some types of words, and compares this to a "theoretical" frequency. The theoretical frequencies are based upon very simple assumptions. Nevertheless in some cases the predictions are quite good: in other cases I seek to find why the predictions are poor.