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Here $f_i$ is simply the number of times the character $i$ appears in the ciphertext of length $N$ and where $Z$ is the alphabet size. If you had ciphertext ADCXU ZMDYZ DXZUM and which was derived from English plaintext then $N=15$ and $f_A=1,f_B=0,f_C=1, f_D=3,\ldots, f_Z=2.$

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