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Menzerath's law, the tendency of Z (the mean size of the parts) to decrease as X (the number of parts) increases, is found in language, music and genomes. Recently, it has been argued that the presence of the law in genomes is an inevitable consequence of the fact that Z=Y/X, which would imply that Z scales with X as Z ∼ 1/X. That scaling is a very(More)
Preface The present book is a continuation of our endeavour to introduce in textology new quantitative methods and evaluate some older ones (cf. We illustrated the measurements and performed evaluations of texts from many languages. Needless to say, all results ensuing from the use of vectors, codes and chains must be tested on further languages and texts.(More)