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Word distri., was Re: VMs: Blanks: trying to summarize...
On 6 Mar 2004 at 11:50:50 +0100
IMHO, disregarding the entropy factor will lead you onto a wrong
Word and syllable repetitions are an outstanding feature.
Any scheme which reduces "word" length while _not_ increasing
redundancy will probably fail to match the VM features, and perhaps
should be discarded from the start.
Thank you for the comment.
Of course, languages do not have fewer words than syllables but what
I see in Voynichese is an abnormal number of similar words rather
than word repetition. If I were attempting to convert modern
languages to Voynichese I would expect to get a different output,
entropy-wise, from a language that uses "habba habba nikki babba"
than I would from a language that uses "every little bit helps" to
mean the same thing. I do not propose to do that. If I did I would
use old versions of languages: Middle English and its equivalents in
addition to Latin. I have, for entertainment only, made Voynichese
"speak" modern English -- of a sort. That would give misconceptions
of Voynichese if taken seriously. The same is true in reverse.
I do not know whether all the schemes listed would tend to increase
redundancy but if I am looking for a cipher I cannot test a concept
before I have a concept. It is simpler for me to choose from a field
of shortening mechanisms than it is to choose from a field of entropy
reducers. I am not assuming that either field covers all the bases.
The assumption is that an initial examination leads to a little
concept and a little concept might lead to a better examination. Most
will not. Some will.
Ciao .......... Knox
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