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Redundancy

Posted by Zan Lynx on 2004-06-03 22:16:26

World-readable

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.


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