It’s data science week on the Dispatch!
Think of a two-word English phrase that’s been anglicized from its French origins. Reverse the order of the words, add a letter to the end, and you’ll get a new two-word phrase that might describe a French person’s taste in food.
Jonathan Tan has analyzed 20 years of New York Times crosswords and mapped out how the puzzle has changed w/r/t answer length and word density. It’s not a surprising result, but it’s a really fun read, with a lovely set of charts.
More NYT crossword data analysis, this time comparing words to the OED. Fun to see which words got in the dictionary first, and which in the crossword first.
Graphs of each of the 26 letters and the frequency of their position in English words. Read to the end to find the most representative word in English.