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*To*: voynich@xxxxxxxx*Subject*: Re: an ain aiin as numbers...?*From*: Nick Pelling <incoming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>*Date*: Tue, 08 Jan 2002 10:48:58 +0000*In-reply-to*: <3C3A3D57.9B1C9966@mail.msen.com>*References*: <5.1.0.14.0.20020105215717.02a01ec0@pop3.blueyonder.co.uk> <3C37518F.44200A11@pacbell.net> <5.1.0.14.0.20020106153917.029fa470@pop3.blueyonder.co.uk>

The idea that the VM might contain Roman numerals suggests some approaches for trying to find them based on these properties:

- there is a limited set of symbols (I, V, X, L, C, D. M) - the VM symbols that represent them should occur together frequently, not separated by other symbols - some would be repeated but others not ( ..XXX.. is legal but not ..VVV.. ) - some combinations are permitted in one order but not the other ( ..CV.. is legal but not ..VC.. )

All true! Constraints are good - they set us free from the paralysis of choice. :-)

dd

ddl

ddy (twice)

ddor (twice)

ddol

ddal

ckhddl

koddy

shddy

chddy

choddy

choddal

cthodd

tchddy

qokylddy

ddsschx (looks a bit of a misfit)

okeeddl

upcheddy

opcheddl

qoteeddy

qopcheddy

<f86v4.T.5;A> dar.olee*y.ol,yy=

yaiin (six times)

dyaiin

opyaiin

cfhyaiin

**References**:**Investigations in a different spirit...?***From:*Nick Pelling

**VMS -- Botany (f51r) Henbane***From:*Dana Scott

**Re: an ain aiin as numbers...?***From:*Nick Pelling

**Re: an ain aiin as numbers...?***From:*Bruce Grant

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