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As this is the Linguistics site, I'm guessing it is Zipf's Law you are interested in? If you analyze a corpus of text, and count the number of times each word occurs, you get their frequency. You then line then up on the x-axis of a graph, in order of rank (i.e. the most common word comes at x=1, the second most common word at x=2, and the least common word ...

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