Spelling matters?

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Sep 16 15:29:08 UTC 2003

The version I received on the Outil list also included the following:
The matter is actually more complicated and subtle.  It has
to do with the entropy of language.  Even low-order models
of English text yield entropy values of 3 bits per letter.
Higher-order models that account for context demonstrate the enormous
redundancy in human languages.

The ability to extract meaning from high-entropy text and speech is
apparently hard-wired into the human brain, in the form of associative
memory.  Did some graduate research on it.

Oh, effective on pure speech signals, too ... otherwise cell phones would
never work ... the bit rate on them is much, much slower than what is
required for even an approximate representation of the original voice.
Benjamin Barrett
Baking the World a Better Place

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