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Re: [ontolog-forum] What words mean

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 23:47:13 -0500
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Rob,    (01)

Although I agree with some of the points you're trying to make,
you could make your case more convincing if you would avoid
making statements that are blatantly false if the words are
interpreted in their normal senses.    (02)

In the following passage, I suggest that you avoid the word
'random' or 'randomness':    (03)

 > To try and be a little concrete for a minute, what this means
 > in terms of the Web is that the Web itself (by virtue of its
 > randomness) is the most compact representation of the knowledge
 > it contains.    (04)

The web may be large and complex, but it is definitely *not* random
in any sense; almost every page on the web can be compacted by a
large fraction; and the entire web contains an enormous amount of
duplication that would permit great compaction if anybody wanted
to spend the time and money to do so.    (05)

To demonstrate that point, download a typical web page and try
compacting it using any compression program on your computer
(ZIP, although not great, is usually available).    (06)

If you're using Windows, you can also open any zipped directory,
use the details view, and note the percentage compression of each
file.  A text file is typically compressed to less than a third of
its original size, but diagrams are usually compressed much less
because most of them have already been compressed.    (07)

John    (08)

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