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From: "Rich Cooper" <rich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 12:29:44 -0700
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I just watched a TV program "Through the wormhole" narrated by Morgan Freeman 
where he featured a guy (I didn't get his name) who is looking for a 
distinctive linguistic feature that will identify intelligent discourse for 
SETI analysis purposes.      (01)

He claims to have found a linear mapping between the different types of 
recognizable discreet symbols (words, phonemes, dolphin discourse, all 
languages by humans) and that the same angle of 45 degrees of appearance versus 
histogram of appearances.  The way he drew it looked more like 60 degrees to 
me, but there wasn't any supporting detail that would give samples of that 
discourse from various creatures.      (02)

Does anyone recognize this work, know the scientists name, or have references 
to the published papers from that work?    (03)

Also, you may remember Zipf's law, which showed empirically that 20 percent of 
a language's vocabulary accounts for 80 percent of the "word" usage.  That 
graph was not linear, but had some kind of decay, probably exponential.  How do 
these two findings get rationalized?    (04)

I have a theory.  It seems to me that there is a layered dictionary that 
provides meaning through pattern matching.  That is what I used in developing 
Patent Examiners Workbench (PEW), and it worked spectacularly.  In part that is 
because patent claims are more rigorously limited by USPTO designated good 
practice rules.  But I am guessing it would also work with layered dictionaries 
of dolphin squawks, human languages, and possibly even in SETI investigations.      (05)

-Rich    (06)

Rich Cooper
Rich AT EnglishLogicKernel DOT com
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