A Note on Zipf's Law, Natural Languages, and Noncoding DNA regions

@article{Niyogi1995ANO,
  title={A Note on Zipf's Law, Natural Languages, and Noncoding DNA regions},
  author={Partha Niyogi and Robert C. Berwick},
  journal={CoRR},
  year={1995},
  volume={cmp-lg/9503012}
}
In Phys. Rev. Letters, 73:2, 5 Dec. 94, Mantegna et al. conclude on the basis of Zipf rank frequency data that noncoding DNA sequence regions are more like natural languages than coding regions. We argue on the contrary that an empirical t to Zipf's \law" cannot be used as a criterion for similarity to natural languages. Although DNA is a presumably an \organized system of signs" in Mandelbrot's (1961) sense, an observation of statistical features of the sort presented in the Mantegna et al… CONTINUE READING

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