September 8th, 2011, 06:40 PM
You know what, you ought to read the original document that talks about using frequency analysis to crack ciphers. It was written by an ancient Iraqi chap named Al-Kindi
. In his very illuminating document, he says (translating it to modern equivalent from memory here):
"First, find a book that is in the same language of the cipher and count the frequency of the letters from a few pages
. Then count the frequency of the letters in the cipher text....".
So, there's your solution in the very first sentence of his paper. You could probably go quite far by getting your hands on a novel, online newspaper, magazine etc. in another language and building your own frequency tables.
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