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Re: VMs: VBScript for finding repeating strings
A few comments,
> It took just 17 hours of number crunching. The full output is now here:
> After all these years I'm still not familiar enough with the VMS to tell
> whether this makes sense or not. Does the VMS indeed fall into three
> different parts? Am I seeing the same segmentation as Stolfi does here:
You might also wish to compare Rene's cluster analysis
with what you are seeing:
> There is also a list of Voynichese prefixes and suffixes that roll
> spontaneously out of this approach. Again, I'm completely in the dark about
> what it means, if it means anything :-) But it looks familiar.
The suffix and prefix lists, at a very rapid glance,
look similar to what other analyses have shown. Here
is a discussion:
I think this confirms the validity of what you are
doing. You might also see something new.
> > How would a "random" text for comparison be constructed? Line shuffling?
> I have used random input in test05, and as is to be expected there is no
> apparent pattern.
As Rene once noted, humans do not produce
statistically random things very well.
> I have one strange effect that I don't understand. If I scan a small part of
> the VMS (test04) I get a recognizeable pattern. Then if I remove all the
> spaces (test08) I find a whole lot less matching strings. I wouldn't expect
> spaces to be relevant, an my first guess would be that I find the same
> matching strings, only with the spaces removed. But I get a really different
> result. Or is it a bug in my script or a bug in my reasoning?
We've always known that some characters and
combinations tend to start and end words.
> I certainly hope I'm not wasting your time with a faulty or irrelevant
> result :-)
Not at all. I think your whole approach is worth
> Greetings, Petr
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