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Posted by Zan Lynx on 2004-06-03 21:16:26


Human language already contains large amounts of redundancy. Spoken language uses emphasis. Unusual words use more syllables than common words. Word length and consonant sounds all combine to make a word distinct when heard. Sentence structures help us predict what the words should be.

When listening and watching a speaker, we get even more information from body language and lip reading.

I don't think a mathematical checksum would work nearly so well as what we already have.

From things I've read about human language, I believe our brains work more on statistics and pattern matching than on logic. We're more like Bayesian filters than sentence parsers. Logical mathematics just aren't natural to human thought.


Checksum (2004-06-03 16:06:46)