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Re: VMs: Random Text Generation
Thanks for the feedback, Nick.
Personally, I can't begin to imagine the horror of finding out that the VMS
is a set of randomly-generated gibberish, but I'd like to eliminate the
possibility. I'm not sure my approach is any good, but I haven't heard of
any other method.
Some interesting points in your reply -
The problem is that many features of Voynichese seem to be somewhat at odds
with the structure of existing languages - for example, the large number of
unique (yet only slightly different) words relative to the size of the
text. Why should some words (in the model's word-space) exist and others
I can think of one way this could be achieved. I'll use English as an
example. The bigraphs ET, AT, ER, AR, ES, AS, EN and AN are, of course,
very common. Imagine writing a piece of English where word breaks are
determined by the presence of these bigraphs - the result might look like
Theproblemisthat man yfeat ures ofvoyniches es eemtobes omewhat at
oddswiththes tructureofexistinglan guages forexamplet helar gen umber of
uniqueyet onlyslightlydiffer en twordsrelat ivet othes izeofthet ext.
Hmmm, actually that doesn't work well in English, but imagine the same thing
in Latin or French. You'd end up with streams of words with very similar
I don't currently know if any of the 15th Century number codes mentioned in
the crypto literature (such as that used for the most part by the Strozzi)
were ever written in Roman numerals - does anyone here know of any?
I don't know of any, but can think of a reason why they might not have been
used. Roman numerals contain inherent patterns; i, ii, iii, iv - these
would be very handy clues for a would-be decipherer. The Arabic numerals,
however, offer no such points of entry.
Thanks again for your comments,
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