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Not So Randomly Typing Monkeys – Rank-frequency Behavior of Natural and Artificial Languages

  title={Not So Randomly Typing Monkeys – Rank-frequency Behavior of Natural and Artificial Languages},
  author={Andreas Krause and Andreas Zollmann},
Power laws arise through many natural processes. Zipf showed that the frequencies of words, as they appear in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, follow a power law distribution. Mandelbrot explained this effect as a result of an underlying information-theoretic optimization problem. Miller invoked doubt by showing that a very simple mechanism could also explain the presence of power laws: A monkey typing words with uniformly and independently selected letters would also produce word frequencies following a… Expand

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