This blog presents information about multiple studies that were conducted in social media, song lyrics, websites, and novels. The analysis consisted of extracting tweets from Japanese idols, comments from Japanese YouTube channels, song lyrics from Japanese songs, content from Japanese websites, and text from Japanese novels. Their purpose were to retrieve not only the most common Japanese Kanji characters but also the most common Japanese words.
What inspired you to research the most common Kanji characters?
The fact that some people claim they came out with a list of Kanji characters without providing the data collected and the source code.
Why to focus on several areas at once and not just one?
Because each individual study has its own bias. For example, the social media analysis consists of people I'm following. This is due to the fact that most people don't list their location, making it impossible for someone to use the location for the analysis. By combining the results of all of the studies, the bias is minimized.
Some people think learning the Kanji characters that are commonly used by Japanese people is useless. They base their argument in the idea that people still have to memorize uncommon characters. What is your opinion about this statement?
While their statement might be true, it is very important to realize that Kanji characters can also become obsolete. Not all people have the opportunity to study in Japan; therefore, people have to rely on the Internet. With so many resources on the Internet, it is difficult to differentiate between outdated content and updated content.