One in ten estimate

Why the one-in-ten estimate is conservative

There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, with a range of popularity in typical Hebrew texts, including the Torah. A few of them occur only once in 100 letters, while the more common ones occur once in 10 or 20 letters. Therefore, estimating 1 in 10 for each letter is conservative. Of course this estimate is useful and applicable only in those cases when we are measuring the likelihood of a particular ELS at a particular location. We must also take into account the complete list of equally interesting words that could have appeared at the location of interest.

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