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Re: Another explanation for dain daiin...

On 21 Jan 2002 at 10:40, Nick Pelling wrote:
> but here's my latest prediction for what dain / daiin is.
> "d<...>" means "copy the whole word <...> words back".
> This is a form of data compression (to be more precise, it's the basis
> behind the popular "Lempel-Ziv 77" algorithm): the offset field is
> normally heavily biased towards low numbers (because locality of
> reference usually ==> locality of relevance).

If it was a compression mechanism, the text would no exhibit so low entropy. The low entropy is not given 
by daiin only. There is a strong bias for certain duplets as Stolfi pointed out some time ago.