gives an association whose keys are the distinct letters in string, and whose values give the number of times those letters appear in string.


gives counts of the distinct n-grams consisting of runs of n letters in string.


allows the characters ci to appear in n-grams, in addition to ordinary letters.

Details and Options

  • LetterCounts[string,n] considers n-grams that start at every position in string and includes them in its counts if they contain only letters.
  • LetterCounts effectively uses LetterQ to determine whether to consider a character to be a letter.
  • LetterCounts has the option IgnoreCase. With the setting IgnoreCase->True, letters are in effect all converted to lower case before being counted.
  • LetterCounts[BioSequence["type","seq"]] will give the letters of the string "seq".


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Basic Examples  (4)

Count the letters in a string:

Non-letter characters are excluded from letter counts:

Count 2-grams of letters:

Specify a list of non-letter characters to be counted:

Scope  (1)

Find the letters of a biomolecular sequence:

Options  (2)

IgnoreCase  (2)

With IgnoreCase -> False, uppercase and lowercase characters will be counted independently:

Use IgnoreCase ->True to count all occurrences of a letter, regardless of case:

Count n-grams regardless of case:

Neat Examples  (1)

Find the most frequently occurring letters in a piece of text:

Do the same for 3-letter sequences:

Wolfram Research (2015), LetterCounts, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/LetterCounts.html.


Wolfram Research (2015), LetterCounts, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/LetterCounts.html.


Wolfram Language. 2015. "LetterCounts." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/LetterCounts.html.


Wolfram Language. (2015). LetterCounts. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/LetterCounts.html


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