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Re: VMs: wordlength persistence

The wordlength connection can easily be explained by several factors:

1) Text in two parts of "languages" with a different average wordlength (AWL) each.
2) Text with citations in a "longer" language.
3) Text containing sequences of longer words, as in summing up names.
4) Text containing names consisting of two longer words.

For a trivial example of the last case see:

"aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa Wilfrid Voynich aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa"

the AWL following a 5 letter word is 5.2
the AWL following a 7 letter word is 6.0

Now imagine text with AWL 5 containing groups of words with AWL 6 and the same will hold although to much lesser extend.

This is not say there is no such effect as a wordlength connection, but that can only unsurface when at least the four named effects are excluded.


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