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*To*: voynich@xxxxxxxx*Subject*: Re: No numbers in the VMS*From*: Nick Pelling <incoming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>*Date*: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 11:40:33 +0000*In-reply-to*: <3BDF50B0.19CC1F8D@copeca.dsnet.it>*References*: <5.1.0.14.0.20011030175019.02815ec0@mail.globalnet.co.uk>

A simple yet very hard to decipher device is the following. You take a text in a plain language, e.g. latin. Then you write it using the hebrew alphabet. Finally you represent each letter of the hebrew alphabet with some symbol of your choice.

There have been many variations on this general theme suggested over the years: it's possible to mount a fairly convincing rebuttal on the grounds that the statistical entropy of the text is too low - bear in mind that losing vowels would tend to make the text more dense (rather than less)... hence higher entropy, not lower.

Coming finally to numbers, numbers in hebrew are traditionally written using the numerical value of the letters, but combining them in such a way as to produce a word which can be pronounced. So, for instance the number 15 is usually written as TW (I'm use a standard latin alphabet transliteration), which can be pronounced "too", and results from the numerical value 9 of T and 6 of W. T+W = 9+6 = 15. The numerical value of words is the base for all the Cabalistic lore. This makes almost impossible to detect numbers in a hebrew text using statistical analysis, because numbers can't be told apart from words.

.....like this! It's completely possible that (for example) ot- words could be followed by this kind of number-scheme. Once we get a better grasp of the VMS morphology, we ought to experiment with this & see how far it goes.

**References**:**Re: No numbers in the VMS***From:*Nick Pelling

**Re: No numbers in the VMS***From:*Giuliano Colla

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