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Re: VMs: Number crunching the Fincher window
Zitat von Marzio De Biasi <voynich@xxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> Hi Elmar,
> I thought of a simple square filled with Voynichese sentences (+ spaces)
> with a window (I thought not necessarily 1 line in height) moving randomly
> on it,
That had been my first idea, too, but Marke told me that his findings seemed to
point towards a single line. Looking for a multi-line window (We could call
this the "de Biasi Window" ;-) is certainly also an option. Though IMHO in this
case it should de readily detected by giving very long repeating sequences of
strings: Every time the window comes to rest in the same position, it would
render a (rows x columns) char long identical sequence.
> too but I suddenly stopped when I found that the char frequencies
> distribution of first characters of each word and last characters of each
> word are totally different (and are totally different from the char
> frequencies distribution of the whole VM).
> How do you think this problem can be solved?
Actually, if Marke is right, then the whole source text of the VM wouldn't be
larger than his master table, like 1000 or 2000 characters at most. And the
peculiar beaviours would just be the result of random fluctuation which we
interpret as a law, because our actual sample is much smaller than we think.
(In other words: There are so many "daiin"s, because we're looking at the
same "daiin" over and over again.)
This is what I find so intriguing about Marke's idea: It is simple, well within
grasp of a 15th century prankster, and it seems to account for a lot of
the "this looks like a rule, but somewhere it's broken" feeling we get with the
> One can think that the moving window will only start at a space on the main
> board, but this will produce fewer combinations of unique words.
It has always been my creed that the VM could be solved with a single page of
text, but I'd always thought it would be a page of _coded_ text. :-) But then,
well, as yet there's no substantial evidence for the Fincher window.
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