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Re: VMs: Further investigatio of folio f1r
At 12:37 05/04/2004 -0500, Dennis wrote:
A brief comment here about transposition ciphers.
Transposition ciphers seem very unlikely to me due to
the low second-order character entropy of VMs text and
the highly structured nature of Voynichese words.
Certainly, "Rail Fence" transposition ciphers (as described in most history
of cryptography works - and Wikipedia's account is no exception) seem
unrelated to what we see in the VMs:-
However, this whole model would seem to rely on a very "serialistic"
print-centric mindset (ie one character at a time, along a regular line),
which one might date to after 1500. But remember that I recently described
Neal keys as possibly being a quite different type of transposition cipher
(extracting rare letters from a stream and placing them elsewhere on the
page): and there are, again, yet other types of early modern transposition
cipher which might be in evidence here.
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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