An information-theoretic approach to the written transmission of old English

@article{OKeeffe1989AnIA,
  title={An information-theoretic approach to the written transmission of old English},
  author={K. O'Keeffe and W. Rundell},
  journal={Computers and the Humanities},
  year={1989},
  volume={23},
  pages={459-467}
}
Information theory offers a means for analyzing some constraints on the reading and copying process in Old English. Entropy for strings of various lengths offers a baseline measure of the uncertainty involved in transmission of Old English texts, while avoiding the pitfalls of applying models of modern reading to early medieval practice. Analysis of lengthy prose and verse texts in Old English revealed uniformly high values for entropy at all string lengths. High entropies may be the result of… Expand
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