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Shannon Entropy Deciphers Pictish April 9, 2010

Posted by Sarah in Uncategorized.
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via An Ergodic Walk.

Lo and behold, the Shannon entropy of Pictish inscriptions turned out to be what one would expect from a written language, and not from other symbolic representations such as heraldry. “The paper shows that the Pictish symbols are characters of a lexicographic written language,” Lee says, “as opposed to the most general form of writing, which includes things like the [non-verbal] instructions on your Ikea flat packs.”

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