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Re: Voynich letters

I guess this is really old hat, but I forgot to mention that the four gallows (and their "shifted" c-h versions) remind me of the four "standout" Greek characters - theta, phi, chi, xi.

The four gallows pairs might then be something like: tau/theta, pi/phi, kappa/chi, sigma/xi. These would be easy to remember (for the encoder).

If these mark transitions between states, then to lower the entropy of the output stream, perform a frequency analysis on each state, and order each mapping by frequency. So: the remaining symbols would be a ranking prediction - the most likely symbol in this state, the 2nd most likely symbol in this state, etc.

Does anyone have any medieval Greek plaintexts I can use to test this out?

Thanks, .....Nick Pelling.....