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RE: VMs: Link between Phaistos Disk & VMs...!?
> It only goes to show, in my opinion anyway, that
> there is meaningful content in the VMS.
I think it could certainly be considered evidence for
language-like levels of repetition and redundancy within
the content. But I think the superblock property is
probably a direct consequence of a vocabulary with a
ZipF-like frequency distribution, because the superblock
is nothing more than an amalgam of the most frequent
words arranged so as to maximise the number of real
phrases represented within.
To my mind though it is also possible that non-meaningful
construction methods could produce a vocab with the
right frequencies, and as a consequence exhibit these
properties, although the possibility of someone
achieving this hundreds of years ago stretches
credibility a little. But then we don't really know
for sure that it was written that long ago.
One nasty possibility that I'm sure none of us wants
to think about is that the VMS was generated USING a
plaintext as a source, but with a destructive or
non-reversible method, solely with the intention of
inheriting language-like properties and being
But coming back to the cross-space connections, I
think there is definitely something important to
learn there. "dy.qo" is more frequent than the
most frequent word!
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