Compression as a Universal Principle of Animal Behavior

@article{FerreriCancho2013CompressionAA,
  title={Compression as a Universal Principle of Animal Behavior},
  author={R. Ferrer-i-Cancho and A. Hern{\'a}ndez-Fern{\'a}ndez and D. Lusseau and G. Agoramoorthy and M. Hsu and S. Semple},
  journal={Cognitive science},
  year={2013},
  volume={37 8},
  pages={
          1565-78
        }
}
A key aim in biology and psychology is to identify fundamental principles underpinning the behavior of animals, including humans. Analyses of human language and the behavior of a range of non-human animal species have provided evidence for a common pattern underlying diverse behavioral phenomena: Words follow Zipf's law of brevity (the tendency of more frequently used words to be shorter), and conformity to this general pattern has been seen in the behavior of a number of other animals. It has… Expand
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