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Just what the question says. One could restrict the domain of nouns according to a certain frequency or top-X masculine nouns.

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Weak masculine nouns? Schwache, männliche Hauptwörter? Sowas wie Warmduscher? ;) –  user unknown Mar 20 '13 at 1:04
siehe Flexionsklassen –  Takkat Mar 20 '13 at 11:17
@userunknown - Danke. Das Highlight meines Tages. "Warmduschende Weicheier" könnte krönend konkurrieren. –  teylyn Mar 20 '13 at 11:46

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This may not be a proper scientific approach but it gives you a rough estimate on the occurence.

Of all 173782 nouns registered in Cannoo.net 3954 nouns belong to the en/en inflection class. Canoo.net.

By definition, all these "weak" nouns are masculine. However I have not found the fraction of masculine nouns from all nouns.

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Assuming that 1/3 of all these nouns are masculine (there must be more than that; it has the highest number of nouns in German, no?) there is a weak noun for every other 14 'normal' masculine nouns. Doesn't that make it quite difficult for learners to gobble up all of them?! –  Anurag Kalia Mar 20 '13 at 16:10

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