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Re: VMs: left & right word entropy

On Wednesday 31 Dec 2003 1:01 am, Rafal T. Prinke wrote:
> > Vladimir Sazonov wrote:
> >
> > (2) The  morphologically similar words are often near. It can be also
> > rhymes.
> This is interesting. I don't remember if the possibility of
> the VMS being in rhyme (not to call it "poetry") had been
> considered before? 

Yes, remember the strange margins in one of the folios (I forgot which one, 
now). People have wondered in the past if at least that folio was in verse.

There is a "hump" in the symbol correlation function in pieces in verse (with 
all spaces removed) at a distance (in characters) which corresponds to the 
verse length. See Figs 5 and 6 in my Cryptologia article. This peak was 
absent in prose writing (Fig 7) (please bear in mind that I have only 
analysed a few texts).

Interestingly in the vms there is a smallish hump that corresponds to the peak 
of the "long line length" in the vms (usually this is the line lengths in 
paragraphs, while the "short line length" is given by label lengths).

I always wondered if this hump is due to metric constrains in the text or to 
the presence of null (for instance gallows at the start of paragraphs, or 
special forms <m>, <z>, <g>, of letters at the end of  paragraphs (a bit like 
short [middle-word] and long "z"  [end-word] in old handwritten Spanish). 
That is, of course, Currier's observation of special characters at the end of 

Regards to all,


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