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Word Frequencies

In this demo, we load the list of the 10,000 most common words in English, index them for a fast search experience, and showcase TinyBase v2.1's ability to register a Row in multiple Slice arrays of an Index.

We use the New General Service List by Browne, C., Culligan, B., and Phillips, J. as the source of these words and frequencies, and the derivative words.tsv is shared under CC BY-SA 4.0. Thank you!


As per usual, we first pull in React, ReactDOM, and TinyBase:

<script src="/umd/react.production.min.js"></script>
<script src="/umd/react-dom.production.min.js"></script>
<script src="/umd/tinybase.js"></script>
<script src="/umd/ui-react.js"></script>
<script src="/umd/ui-react-dom-debug.js"></script>

We're adding the debug version of the ui-react-dom module so that we can use the StoreInspector component for the purposes of seeing how the data is structured.

We need the following parts of the TinyBase API, the ui-react module, and React itself:

const {createIndexes, createStore} = TinyBase;
const {Provider, useCreateIndexes, useCreateStore, useRow, useSliceRowIds} =
const {useCallback, useMemo, useState} = React;
const {StoreInspector} = TinyBaseUiReactDomDebug;

Loading The Data

The word data for the application has been converted into a tab-separated variable format with a ranked row per word, and its typical frequency per million words.


TSV files are smaller and faster than JSON to load over the wire, but nonetheless, we load it asynchronously and insert it into the words Table in a single transaction:

const loadWords = async (store) => {
  const words = (
    await (await fetch(`https://tinybase.org/assets/words.tsv`)).text()
  store.transaction(() =>
    words.forEach((row, rowId) => {
      const [word, perMillion] = row.split('\t');
      store.addRow('words', {
        rank: rowId + 1,
        perMillion: Number(perMillion),

As you can see, each Row in the words Table ends up with three Cell Ids: rank, word, and perMillion.

Indexing The Data

In the main part of the application, we will initialize an Indexes object called indexes. This has an Index defined, called stems, which has a Slice for every stem of every word.

For example, the word the will appear in the Slices with Ids '', t, th, and the. The word theme will appear in those too, as well as those with Ids them and theme - and so on.

We build the Index with the setIndexDefinition method, providing a custom function that returns the stems (including the empty string) for each word:

const indexWords = (store) =>
  createIndexes(store).setIndexDefinition('stems', 'words', (getCell) => {
    const word = getCell('word');
    const stems = [];
    for (let l = 0; l <= word.length; l++) {
      stems.push(word.substring(0, l));
    return stems;

The Index of 10,000 words comprises almost 30,000 of these stems, containing over 80,000 word entries between them. Nevertheless, building this index takes less than 250ms, even on my feeble old laptop.

(Note that this indexing strategy is reasonably naive. For a large-scale autocomplete application, a data structure like a Trie or Patricia tree might be more appropriate.)

Initializing The Application

In the main part of the application, we want to initialize a default Store called store, and an Indexes object called indexes. The latter is initialized with the function above.

The two objects are memoized by the useCreateStore method and useCreateIndexes method so they are only created the first time the app is rendered.

const App = () => {
  const store = useCreateStore(createStore);
  const indexes = useCreateIndexes(store, indexWords);
  // ...

To provide a spinner while the words are loading and being indexed, we have an isLoading flag in the application's state, and setting it to false only once the asynchronous loading sequence (described above) has completed. Until then, a loading spinner is shown.

For the loaded application, the UI comprises literally just the input box and the results. They are bound together using just one state variable (stem), which contains the text that the user has entered into the search box.

  // ...
  const [isLoading, setIsLoading] = useState(true);
  useMemo(async () => {
    await loadWords(store);
  }, []);

  const [stem, setStem] = useState('');
  return (
    <Provider store={store} indexes={indexes}>
      {isLoading ? (
        <Loading />
      ) : (
          <Input stem={stem} onChange={setStem} />
          <Results stem={stem} />
      <StoreInspector />

We also added the StoreInspector component at the end there so you can inspect what is going on with the data during this demo. Simply click the TinyBase logo in the corner.

Let's go!

addEventListener('load', () =>
  ReactDOM.createRoot(document.body).render(<App />),

The Input Component

The search box is a very lightly wrapped <input> element that displays the stem and reacts to changes, firing the onChange prop.

const Input = ({stem, onChange}) => (
    onChange={useCallback(({target: {value}}) => onChange(value), [])}
    placeholder="Search for a word"

We have a little bit of styling for this too:

input {
  border: 0;
  border-bottom: 1px solid #999;
  display: block;
  font: inherit;
  letter-spacing: inherit;
  font-weight: 600;
  margin: 1rem auto;
  outline: 0;
  padding: 0;
  width: 20rem;

The Results Component

Since we did all the hard work up front to index the corpus of words, fetching the results is trivial! We take the stem, get the array of Row Ids that are in that pre-indexed Slice, and then render a Result component for the first 14 of them:

const Results = ({stem}) => {
  const resultRowIds = useSliceRowIds('stems', stem.toLowerCase());
  return (
    resultRowIds.length > 0 &&
      .slice(0, 14)
      .map((rowId) => <Result rowId={rowId} stemLength={stem.length} />)

Why 14? That's the number that seems to fit neatly in the window above. But there is very little performance impact to having a much larger result list if you wish.

We pass down the stemLength prop simply so each Result row can embolden the matching characters.

The Result Component

For each matching word (identified by its Row Id in the words Table of the default Store), we want to display the word, its rank, and its frequency:

const Result = ({rowId, stemLength}) => {
  const {rank, word, perMillion} = useRow('words', rowId);
  return (
    <div className="result">
      <b>{word.substring(0, stemLength)}</b>
        , {frequency(perMillion)}

We style this:

.result {
  display: block;
  width: 20rem;
  margin: 0.25rem auto;
  small {
    float: right;
    color: #777;
    font-size: 0.7rem;

The suffix function simply puts the ordinal suffixes '-th', '-st', '-nd', and '-rd' at the end of the ranking number:

const suffix = (rank) => {
  switch (rank % 100) {
    case 11:
    case 12:
    case 13:
      return 'th';
  switch (rank % 10) {
    case 1:
      return 'st';
    case 2:
      return 'nd';
    case 3:
      return 'rd';
      return 'th';

And the frequency function takes the number of times the word typically appears per million words and displays a percentage:

const frequency = (perMillion) => {
  if (perMillion < 10) {
    return 'rare';
  return (perMillion / 10000).toFixed(3) + '%';

Loading Component And App Styling

Just for completeness, here is the loading spinner, a plain element with some CSS.

const Loading = () => <div id="loading" />;

This is styled as a 270° arc with a spinning animation:

#loading {
  animation: spin 1s infinite linear;
  height: 2rem;
  margin: 40vh auto;
  width: 2rem;
  &::before {
    content: url('data:image/svg+xml,<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" height="2rem" viewBox="0 0 100 100"><path d="M50 10A40 40 0 1 1 10 50" stroke="black" fill="none" stroke-width="4" /></svg>');

@keyframes spin {
  from {
    transform: rotate(0);
  to {
    transform: rotate(360deg);

And finally, for completeness, here is the remaining styling for the application as whole:

@font-face {
  font-family: Inter;
  src: url(https://tinybase.org/fonts/inter.woff2) format('woff2');

* {
  box-sizing: border-box;

body {
  color: #333;
  font-family: Inter, sans-serif;
  letter-spacing: -0.04rem;
  font-size: 1rem;
  line-height: 1.2rem;
  margin: 0;
  user-select: none;


And that's it! This demo hopefully explained how the new multi-Slice indexing feature in TinyBase v2.1 can be used to create interesting (and high performance) user experiences with your data.