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1. The analysis and deciphering of cryptographic writings or systems.
2. also crypt·an·a·lyt·ics (krĭp′tăn-ə-lĭt′ĭks)(used with a sing. verb) The study of techniques for deciphering cryptographic writings or systems.

crypt·an′a·lyst (krĭp-tăn′ə-lĭst) n.
crypt·an′a·lyt′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
crypt·an′a·lyze′ (-ə-līz′) adj.
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Noun1.cryptanalytics - the science of analyzing and deciphering codes and ciphers and cryptograms
science, scientific discipline - a particular branch of scientific knowledge; "the science of genetics"
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The metrics such as histogram, correlation, NPCR, UACI, entropy, noise attack test, key space, cryptanalytics, and execution time are determined and compared with the standard values.
(323) The minimization procedures explain that in the context of cryptanalytics, "maintenance of technical data bases requires retention of all communications that are enciphered or reasonably believed to contain secret meaning." (324) Unlike unencrypted communications, which are retained for five years from the date of the certification authorizing the collection (unless the NSA decides otherwise), encrypted communications may be retained for "any period of time during which encrypted material is subject to, or of use in, cryptanalysis." (325)
Trained under both Safford and Driscoll in cryptanalytics, Rochefort was chosen to serve as the second chief of OP-20-G, the Department of Naval Communications' newly formed cryptanalytic organization in 1926.