Are there any freely available online data giving the numbers and frequencies of nouns used in some well-known novels, whether or not the novels are in the public domain? I mean data such as

Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code
No. of noun instances: 30407
No. of unique nouns: 900
Nouns appearing once: 17
Nouns appearing twice: 32

(Note: these are made up data!)

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    Alternatively, you could generate this yourself. For example, NLTK has a tutorial for the 25000 works of Project Gutenberg: nltk.org/book/ch02.html – Jeremy Needle Dec 1 '17 at 15:39
  • Thanks for this link, but it would seem to be a huge programming job to determine what was and wasn't a noun, e.g. with a string such as "The first set itself", the program would have to work out whether that was a sentence or a sentence fragment. – user20601 Dec 1 '17 at 16:24
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    Not a very large job (there are tagged corpora, and standard taggers), but I understand it's not the ready-made data you asked for. – Jeremy Needle Dec 1 '17 at 21:08

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