With this list of computer generated phrases, Holmes would certainly have been able to solve the crime more quickly. Possibly he could have prevented his client's death, though it was probable, I fear, that he might have been misguided to wrong conclusions: He wanted to find Whelan family, or he looked for Pete and Isabel but not Abe Slaney. He might have been interested in seeing pastured calves, while it would be unimaginable that he might have set out on a trip to Java or Bhutan. I believe that Holmes would have found great uses for computers in his work. Who knows, maybe if Holmes had lived in the 1990's instead of the 1890's he would have relied upon his "good old computer" but not upon his "good old index"?
- Additional note -
My computer has successfully counted alphabetical letters in the sixty stories of Sherlock Holmes. The results of 'the numerical order in which letters occur' are ETAOIH-NSRDLU, where 'H' comes up in higher position. I surmise the reason why 'H' appears many times is that the letter is certainly included in 'Sherlock' and 'Holmes'. In the Canon 'Holmes' appears more than 3,000 times. The details of the results are:
E (338,000 12.3%) T (248,000 9.0%) A (224,000 8.2%) O (214,000 7.8%) I (189,000 6.9%) H (183,000 6.7%) N (182,000 6.6%) S (172,000 6.3%) R (157,000 5.7%) D (118,000 4.3%) L (109,000 4.0%) U (83,000 3.0%)
Total number of the letters is 2,743,000