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That is touched upon in the official History of Scrabble by Hasbro, the owner of Scrabble. Legend has it Butts studied the front page of “The New York Times” to make his calculations for the letter distribution in the game. This skilled, cryptographic analysis of our language formed the basis of the original tile distribution, which has remained constant ...


The scrabble tile frequencies were almost certainly tweaked based on playtesting as well as letter frequency. The fact that there are only 4 's' tiles was probably intended to decrease the probability of getting the most useful letter to make the game less about simply pluralizing things. Words with Friends tweaked the frequencies further- they added an ...

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