Frequency Analysis

One way to tell if you have a "transposition" style of cipher instead of an encrypting method is to perform a letter frequency analysis on the ciphertext. In English, you will have certain letters (E, T) show up more than others (Q, Z). To use this tool, just copy your text into the top box and a chart showing letter frequency will be generated in the bottom. If you want to see a demo, I can type in some sample text for you.

Update: Fixed the display of the kappa-plaintext value. Before, it would show 0.665 and now it properly shows 0.0665. Incidentally, that's the approximate value for English text.

The text to analyze:

Result:

Washington Post's Style Invitational 2003 Winner:

Bozone: The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
Tyler Akins <>
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