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Re: VMs: message for nick pelling and anyone else interested

Hi Jeff,

At 01:12 14/08/2003 +0100, Jeff wrote:
After having read one of your posts and another by whom I forget I modified
a method to match the VMS encipherment scheme. <...>


The word splits could be better arranged but let me know what you think
about similarities with the vms.

Am I in the ballpark yet?

The Monkey oracle will tell you. :-)

However, I would perhaps caution that, even if you were to find a way of enciphering text that matched the general statistical properties of Voynichese, there's little chance that the two would be the same. Consider the difference between English-like text (traditional Japanese consumer electronics manuals, for example :-o ) and English!

I'm sure that the solution to the VMS will emerge from a mixture of analytical (deconstructive / statistical) and model-based (constructive / theoretical) - ie, going in both directions at the same time. So, make sure you always keep one eye on the primary evidence itself - everything else is supposition - and make sure you don't limit yourself to one direction only. :-)

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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