13.4: Most common words
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To find the most common words, we can make a list of tuples, where each tuple contains a word and its frequency, and sort it.
The following function takes a histogram and returns a list of word-frequency tuples:
def most_common(hist): t =  for key, value in hist.items(): t.append((value, key)) t.sort(reverse=True) return t
In each tuple, the frequency appears first, so the resulting list is sorted by frequency. Here is a loop that prints the ten most common words:
t = most_common(hist) print('The most common words are:') for freq, word in t[:10]: print(word, freq, sep='\t')
I use the keyword argument
sep to tell
The most common words are: to 5242 the 5205 and 4897 of 4295 i 3191 a 3130 it 2529 her 2483 was 2400 she 2364
This code can be simplified using the key parameter of the sort function. If you are curious, you can read about it at https://wiki.python.org/moin/HowTo/Sorting.