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VMs: Binomial distribution of word-length, etc...

Hi everyone,

At 17:32 08/01/2004 -0500, Xod wrote:
I think that this finding here http://www.ic.unicamp.br/~stolfi/voynich/00-12-21-word-length-distr/ indicates the furthest advance so far.

I've thought for a while now that a good explanation for this might be a combination of (a) an abbreviating private shorthand (which I suspect would approach a kind of binomial distribution as the sample-length goes up, but probably with a shorter word-length "peak"), and (b) a verbose cipher (to move the peak sideways, ie to the right again).

Unfortunately, I know of no sample statistics for (a)-like shorthand texts, and can only (currently) guess at the effect of (b)... so this is still a little more speculative than I'm really comfortable with. :-(

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

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