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:

Here's a bit of a keyfinder tool for the message. It only works on letters and assumes a 26 character alphabet for the Index of Coincidence. Only checks key lengths up to 42.

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame was started when Norma Talmadge walked out of a Chinese theater in 1927. She accidentally stepped onto a sidewalk which was under repair, leaving quite the impression. Tyler Akins <>
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