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RE: VMs: truncated repeating sequences
--- Marke Fincher <markefincher@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Unfortunately I feel there is one fairly obvious
> explanation for
> these repeated subsequences, although people wont
> like it!
> They might all originate from the same underlying
> piece of text.
> Say the author creates a block of text by writing
> out a number
> of short phrases such as
> "aiin.shedy.qokeedy.qotedy.qo", one
> per line. Then he moves a rectangular window (about
> 10 chars
> wide) randomly over the block and writes the text
> within the
> window to the manuscript. This would naturally
> produce all
> the variations that you see below:
I'm not so sure that this is the most obvious,
since what we're looking at could well be perfectly
normal behaviour for a perfectly normal text,
like I wrote in one earlier E-mail. A comparison
with a real text should be made before trying
to draw any conclusions.
Don't forget that about half the words of the
Voynich MS vocabulary occur only once in the
entire MS. This is a very rough figure.
It's interesting to note that in the past,
the text of the VMs was looked at with suspicion,
since there did not appear to be enough repeating
phrases. Now we're just seeing that there are....
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