Fast calculation of entropy with Zhang's estimator

Abstract

Entropy is a fundamental property of a repertoire. Here, we present an efficient algorithm to estimate the entropy of types with the help of Zhang’s estimator. The algorithm takes advantage of the fact that the number of different frequencies in a text is in general much smaller than the number of types. We justify the convenience of the algorithm by means of an analysis of the statistical properties of texts from more than 1000 languages. Our work opens up various possibilities for future research.

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@inproceedings{Lozano2016FastCO, title={Fast calculation of entropy with Zhang's estimator}, author={Antoni Lozano and Bernardino Casas and Chris Bentz and Ramon Ferrer-i-Cancho}, booktitle={Issues in Quantitative Linguistics 4}, year={2016} }