Burrows-Wheeler compression with variable length integer codes

@article{Fenwick2002BurrowsWheelerCW,
  title={Burrows-Wheeler compression with variable length integer codes},
  author={Peter M. Fenwick},
  journal={Softw., Pract. Exper.},
  year={2002},
  volume={32},
  pages={1307-1316}
}
The final coder in Burrows-Wheeler compression is usually either an adaptive Huffman coder (for speed) or a complex of arithmetic coders for better compression. This article describes the use of conventional pre-defined variable length codes or universal codes and shows that they too can give excellent compression. The paper also describes a “sticky Move-to-Front” modification which gives a useful improvement in compression for most files. 
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