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Average Chinese Character

Average Chinese Character
Using Python’s Numpy is easy to draw how an average Chinese character would look like. I took the 2000 most common characters hanzidb.org, drew them onto images using `PIL` and calculated it’s average with Numpy.
Average Chinese Character
While I can’t read a single word of Chinese, this is what struck me the most:
  • There are four main lines: top, bottom, middle, and left.
  • The bottom line increases in intensity towards the right, likely a remanence of Chinese being a brush script.
  • The darkest area occurs at the middle bottom.
  • We can appreciate a few short strokes on the left top side. 
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