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Re: VMs: Strange pair statistics
--- Jeff <jeff@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Take a look at this table of the top 21 VMS EVA
> ch - 1075
> ho - 820
This is certainly an interesting way to look at
the VMs. It's been done before, of course, and
without leading to any breakthroughs, needless
to say, but the results aren't really available
in any detail.
The pair frequency table could be compared to
a single-character frequency table, in order to
decide which pairs are really 'suspiciously'
frequent. One should also do this for a text
in a known language, to have a 'yard stick'.
English is good, since it has the very
frequent 'th', which the method 'should' be able
> Note also the pairs yc, yd and rc. These can occur
> within words and
> also appear as y.c, y.d and r.c respectively.
A table with two columns: inside word and across
word spaces (plus the total) would be very
> Also why is their position so high in the table?
They combine frequent word enders with frequent
word starters. Nothing more mysterious, IMHO.
If word spaces are arbitrarily inserted, then the
table should show an essentially equal ratio
of in-word vs. cross-word statistics for each
pair, provided the sample is big enough.
Again, one should try this for an English (or
Italian...) text as a reference for comparison.
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