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Frequencies for the 40,481
words in the English Lexicon Project. (2005-2006)
These frequencies were derived from a corpus of USENET postings. This corpus was collected between Oct 2005 and August 2006, and covers 47860 English language, non-binary-file news groups.
Processing: All NNTP headers were discarded. All message bodies that had identical 128bit SHA-1 hashes to other messages were discarded (reducing extraneous cross-posts). All lines that began with the quote characters (">" "<", "|", ":","#","!" and "%") were not processed in order to reduce text duplication. This step removed 36% of the lines in the corpus. All text was converted into uppercase, and all punctuation, except for the apostrophe, was removed.
Corpus size: 7,781,959,860 words
Citation: Shaoul, C. & Westbury C. (2006) USENET Orthographic Frequencies for the 40,481 words in the English Lexicon Project. (2005-2006) Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta (downloaded from http://www.psych.ualberta.ca/~westburylab/downloads/elp.download.html)
Acknowledgments: This work would not have been possible without the hardware and software provided by the TaPoR project. This research is also supported by NSERC.
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